Date: 6/3/19 9:44 am From: Erik Ostrander <erik.d.ostrander...> Subject: [obol] 6/2/19 Cannon Beach Bird Walk
Yesterday, I attended the Cannon Beach monthly bird walk. It is held the first Sunday of every month at 9:00am, we meet at the settling ponds near downtown.
This month was the big walk for the year where we do more than the normal settling ponds and nature trail walk. We wandered all the way up to Haystack Rock this month and even had a couple out-of-state guests join us!
The weather started out a bit iffy but very quickly the clouds burned off and it was a nice calm warm day to go on a bird walk.
We started out with the normal swallows (still no Purple Martin on the walk though we have all been seeing them randomly throughout the area). Before the walk I noticed a bird flying oddly over the southwest pond and got it in my binoculars to see a Green Heron, first in the county for me! Susan and Steve both mentioned that they are often seen nesting within the wetlands surrounding the settling ponds.
A couple warblers and some extremely vocal Pacific-slope Flycatchers were actively calling at the bridge before the aeration basins.
The back street was productive getting us Band-tailed Pigeon and lots of calling Swainson's Thrushes and a singing Hermit Warbler.
At the beach, we easily found the expected species: Black Oystercatcher, Tufted Puffin, cormorants, and many Common Murres. Though no Wandering Tattler to be found despite our best efforts.
The highlight of the entire walk was at Ecola Creek were we found a Common Merganser mother with 4 young. She had given one of them a sculpin and it spend the better part of 5 minutes trying to get away from its siblings and figuring out how to eat the darn thing.
Overall we ended up with 50 species for the walk and had a great time. If anyone wants to come out next month its free and open to the public every month!