I stopped by the Nehalem Sewage Ponds and their "Welcome Birders" sign was down and the gate was locked. The manager of the facility happened to drive up and explained to me that while the construction is now finished, they are to remain closed to birders. This is because of the recent lawsuit that allows a person to file suit for damages to a public employee per the Oregon State Supreme Court. This Oregonian article references this new development. The manager is very sad about this - he enjoyed having birders come inside as well as children in school buses but until the law is changed at the state level, the closure will remain. Signing a waiver is not an option and he encourages us to try to change the law. He did give us permission to stand in the driveway and scope - just be courteous of employees going in and out.
11 Rufous Hummers have essentially taken over my four backyard feeders in Manzanita. Today it was like Star Wars in the afternoon with the new arrival of 4 female Rufous fighting for space along with at least 7 male Rufous. I also have my usual resident 4 female Anna's and 3-4 male Anna's that are struggling to get feeder time now.