Last weekend, we took our monthly trip to the coast and our biannual trip to the town of Newport.
As usual, we birded several locations around town and sampled the local food and beer.
We found plenty of birds, but the only one I managed to photograph was carved into a bronze pillar by local artist Frank Boyden.
The weather could not have been nicer. As the sun set, we drove north to Pacific City.
The next day, we surveyed the beach of Bob Straub State Park for dead seabirds.
We did not find any dead birds, but we did encounter a gigantic black cottonwood
and some shiner surfperches that had washed ashore.