Saturday, June 18, 2011

Memorial Day animals

Last month, Sarah and I spent the week leading up to Memorial Day in Pacific City.

While we worked at her parent's beach house, many animals stopped by for a visit.

One afternoon, I spotted a black tail doe walking into the street. I thought she was alone until a tiny fawn emerged from the vegetation. It's legs were pretty wobbly, suggesting it had been born that morning. The pair eventually crossed the street to a small patch of forest where the doe could find a hiding place for the fawn.

A pair of Bald Eagles has been frequenting a Sitka spruce a few doors down from the house. This female carried a Common Murre, which she had captured near Haystack Rock, to the tree. We heard tearing and ripping sounds as she consumed her catch.

As in previous Memorial Day Weekend, a pair of Evening Grosbeaks visited the feeders. It is always a treat to see these giant finches. With high levels of breeding and migratory bird activity, late May is one the best time of times of the year to bird the beach. We look forward to future Memorial Days in Pacific City.

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