I worked out on the south end of the N Spit of Coos Bay today collecting pink sand verbena seed. Gorgeous sunny day with winds less than 10 mph and temps up to 70F.
On the drive out there was a SE OWL feeding out in the open beachgrass, not a species I see every year in Coos. Along the road there was a LAPLAND LONGSPUR that really didn't want to leave the road. Besides pipits out where we were working there was a HORNED LARK, another species I don't see every year in the county. Another Lapland on drive out.
I did some 5 minute butterfly counts during lunch and averaged 3-4/min, 90% tortoiseshells and 10% Painted Ladies the latter stopping and feeding on the Abronia where I could check to make sure they were not American Ladies.