Gotta say first that what I love about being a birder is we can leave the partisan world behind. When my Dad was younger we had folks on "all sides" at our house regularly, and we all got along. Anyhow, in our now super polarized universe having a hobby like birding that brings folks from different view points, professions, political parties, etc. together is about as good as it gets! Bird on friends : )
For some strange reason I headed south from Coos Bay way before sunrise thinking I would avoid the winds forecasted for today. It worked for the first hour or so this AM but then birding became almost impossible with 20-30+ mph winds where I was. I did find a spot out of the wind around 1PM at AZ Beach SP and put on the shorts and read a book I had for a couple hours, it was hot out of the wind and you gotta get your Vitamin D when you can this time of year!
Highlights as follows:
Crissey Field SP (near the OR/CA border at sunrise): one ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, circled over the mouth of the Winchuck there then headed inland.
Winchuck Wetlands (guess this is what the eBird spot calls it- it is actually pastureland with a barn and good meadow habitat protected from north winds- there is a sedge patch there but mostly pasturelands- it is exactly one mile up the road from Hwy 101). This was the best birding of the day and the only spot without lots of wind:
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was out and about- undoubtedly the one I saw at Crissey Field earlier that had headed up river.
Three (!count 'em) MERLINS together, sitting in different tree tops right near each other- I have never seen anything like this, very unusual!! They seem to be together- maybe a family unit, no aggression between them at all- way cool.
I saw a very high raptor overhead headed south, thought vulture at first but it turned out to be a juvie GOLDEN EAGLE, such a beautiful bird!! It was heading towards CA way high but I had fantastic looks. A tough bird in Curry.
Also around the Barn was the usual overwintering SAY'S PHOEBE, a C. YELLOWTHROAT, 2 LESSER GOLDFINCH and four turkeys.
Along Ocean View Drive in Harbor (just south of Brookings) it was VERY windy but did see two of the overwintering SAY'S PHOEBES.
At Chetco Point in Brookings, saw one of two TURKEY VULTURES I observed today, the other was at AZ Beach SP. Also heard but never did see an OC Warbler.
Not much else to the north except howling wind. Did see 7 WESTERN BLUEBIRDS about two miles up Pistol River. Did not bother to ocean scope anywhere.