I have certainly been lucky this year in that Pamela and I have been able to take a big vacation as well as a couple of small trips. Last week we took a 5-day trip to Oregon, flying into and out of Portland. Upon landing, we rented our car and started driving towards Cannon Beach in the rain, arriving at dusk, with no opportunity to see the famous scenic views. The next morning the rain continued, so we slept in then took our time getting ready for the day, donned our rain-jackets and headed out for a hot breakfast. We spent the rest of the day driving along the coast looking for sheltered spots to check the ocean for west coast seabirds an shorebirds with little luck. At one break from the horizontal driving rain, we were treated to squadron after squadron of Brown Pelicans flying by - dozens at a time, adding up to what must have more well over a thousand individuals.
But honestly the real reason I wanted to come to Cannon Beach was to see Haystack Rock:
raven, as well as getting some of best looks ever at Violet-green Swallow.
Ecola Creek Lodge.
Thursday morning finally dawned bright and sunny. I managed to get back out to Haystack in hopes of maybe getting some photos, but the distance made it impossible to get anything other than just some documentary photos.
With the sun on our backs, we headed east across the Cascades towards Sisters. Unfortunately, the sun turned to grey skies and then more rain the further east we traveled. Thankfully it did not last long this time, and soon after we checked into our room at the Sisters Motor Lodge, we headed over to Calliope Crossing. a great little birding spot so named because Calliope Hummingbirds are known to perch on the bare branches at the stream crossing. One of the first birds we spotted was a beautiful singing male Black-headed Grosbeak:
Oh yeah, and before we left, we had some great looks at Calliope Hummingbird:
This seems like a good place to break. Next post, Woodpecker Wonderland.