A weekend on the OR North Coast (11/11-12/2011)

It was a classic November Pacific NW weekend with a storm coming through Saturday night. There were long stretches of birdlessness … Seawatches were unproductive in general, as the sea was too rough to get looks at anything.

Neverthess, it was a fine weekend with great company.

Highlights included:

Saturday, 11/11: Birding was good before about 1pm when the storm hit.

Fernhill Wetlands: 25+ Tundra Swans, 1 Red-necked Grebe and the continuing White Pelican

Tillamook Forest Center: 1 American Dipper

Fenk Rd (Tillamook): 1 White-tailed Kite, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 6 Greater White-fronted Goose, 2 Black Phoebes, 1 HARRIS’S SPARROW, 1 PALM WARBLER

Bay City Sewage Ponds: Drake Redhead, 2 drake Eurasian Wigeon

Sunday, 11/12: We had a few really slow hours early, including a poor seawatch at Silver Point and an unproductive Ft. Stevens stop.

Seaside Cove: 2 Harlequin Duck, all 3 Scoters

Wireless Rd: 1 Red-shouldered Hawk

Svenson Island: 1 LaplandĀ Longspur

Also moving up and down the slough was this Palm Warbler. Yeah, terrible picture …

Our exquisite little Lapland LongspurĀ at Svenson Island:

This posture typifies the amazing ability of longspurs to hide behind just about anything. Even if there’s nothing there. Crouching is how they do it.