Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cape Meares nests

Cape Meares is a great place to view birds that are nesting on the Oregon Coast but, as you will see below, it is not the best place to photograph them. When we visited on Friday, interpretive volunteers pointed out a Peregrine Falcon nest above a grassy ledge north of the lighthouse.

 The lone nestling was covered in white down and flailed wildly when an adult arrived with lunch. 

 
In addition to falcons, there were two Black Oystercatcher nests visible from the viewing platform. Both would have been hard to spot were it not for the bright orange bills on the incubating adults.

We spent the next two days in Pacific City, where we walked along the beach and watched fishermen land their dories. The weather was cloudy but dry and we could not ask for a better weekend. 

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