Terry Wahl and I did a bit of birding on Saturday down south. It was clear and sunny, no smoke and tee-shirt weather much of the day.
We started at AZ Beach SP which turned out to be the best birding. When we arrived their was a WESTERN KINGBIRD on a powerline there. Good day for BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, we saw more of them than Yellows and Orange-crowneds which were also fairly common. Only one Wilsons and one chat too. A few Wobbling Vireos. Great day for WILLOW FLYS we had 8-10. The usual RB Sapsucker was around. One Peregrine, saw three total during the day.
We went down to Gold Beach then and it was windy and fairly quiet along the N Jetty road. More of the same warblers but only a few birds moving. We found a huge patch of flowering Fuschia near one of the houses out near the jetty which was loaded with immature/female Rufous/Allen's Hummers. No sign of any terns and the usual crowd of Osprey at the mouth of the Rogue.
After stopping for chai chillers at the book store/coffee shop we headed south to Pistol River. No smoke and blue skies. There was a national guardsman and a road block along old Hwy 101 so we parked up near the main 101 and got permission to poke around for birds. Hot and sunny and breezy and we saw more of the same warblers and a Western Fly and another Peregrine.
From there we headed north of Gold Beach and scoped ocean with not much to report besides a few merlits.
Our last stop was Ophir where we saw more fuschia and more Rufous/Allens and a couple chickadee flocks with practically no warblers aboard. One more peregrine lunching on a gull near mouth of Euchre Creek.
Terry has a male and female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS going on two weeks at the family ranch near Cape Blanco which we did not visit.