While walking Pacific City's beaches, Sarah and I keep an eye out for beached birds, even though we ceased our volunteer monitoring last year. Earlier today we found an unexpected species.
At first we did not recognize the narrow, white and black wings, so we dug a little deeper to reveal the head.
And found the unmistakable bill of an albatross! The white feathers on the head and wings indicate that this is the body of a Laysan Albatross, less common in these parts than the Black-footed albatross, a species whose carcasses we have found on the beach in previous years.