Date: 7/5/18 3:14 pm
From: Roy Lowe <roy.loweiii...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Fwd: Birds fishing in the surf
I’ve seen osprey capture surfperch and rockfish in the ocean. There is an osprey nest on an offshore rock south of Port Orford. With no estuary nearby the adults must be spending the majority of their time fishing in the ocean.

Roy

> On Jul 5, 2018, at 9:49 AM, Wayne Hoffman <whoffman...> wrote:
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> Hi -
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> Ospreys along the coast commonly fish in the ocean, in or just beyond the surf. In the past 2 weeks several Ospreys from nests near lower Yaquina Bay have been fishing between the jetties and off the adjacent beaches. I have been able to identify several of the fish they have caught. All but one were Jacksmelt, lengths 8-14 inches. The other was a surfperch, but I am not sure which species.
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> Belted Kingfishers commonly fish in the estuaries, but fishing off the beaches is much less common, in my experience.
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> Wayne
>> On 7/5/2018 7:27:09 AM, Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...> wrote:
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>> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
>> From: Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...>
>> Date: Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 6:16 AM
>> Subject: Birds fishing in the surf
>> To: <0bol...>
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>> When there is a concentration of food, birds tend to take advantage. There is something called a surf smelt, and I imagine other species as well. There are probably dozens of people in the Newport area that know quite a bit more. Audubon Society of Corvallis did a bird survey for BLM in the formative stages of Oregon Dunes NRA on Memorial Day weekend about 1973. I recall Wayne Hoffman describing a similar scenario occurring near the mouth of Tahkenitch Creek. Lars

 
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