Yaquina Bay, OR (03/16/08)

I started early this morning at the Marine Science Center in Newport. The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues near the shelter. The shelter is about 200 yds south of the east end of the parking lot for the visitor center.
 
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Also out on Yaquina Bay as scoped from the MSC parking lot was a male LONG-TAILED DUCK. A scope was necessary so see this bird. About 30 BRANT and a single BONAPARTE’S GULL were close to the shelter.

Brant

At the Yaquina Bay south jetty were a surprising 3 ROCK SANDPIPERS. They were in a flock of rockpipers very near the beach (on the north-facing side of the south jetty). A Whimbrel was also on the first on the jetty, then later on the beach. In a large gull flock roosting at one of the jetty pullouts was an apparent first-cycle Glaucous x Glaucous-winged Gull.
 
All three scoters were easy at Yaquina Head, White-winged being the most common with a few hundred. Common Murres have returned for the season. Well worth the $5.
 
The Moolack Motel first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL (originally reported by Shawneen Finnegan) continues. Several BLACK SCOTERS were easy to see there as well.
 
With the exception of my FOS Rufous Hummingbird, all 5 Siletz Bay stops were uneventful.
 
From the mini-jetty at the Pacific Oyster Company in Bay City I was able to pick out one Eurasian Wigeon in a large mixed duck raft. I’m sure there were more. Two Peregrine Falcons were briefly going at each other after one of them had just successfully seized a Black Turnstone.
 
I finished the day at the Barview jetty. No rockpipers whatsoever.

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