Date: 3/23/21 10:49 am From: Range Bayer <range.bayer...> Subject: [obol] Large Numbers of Harlequin Ducks West Of Yaquina Bay Bridge. Many Gulls at Herring Spawn Site
On the afternoon of March 22, Walt Nelson & Rebecca Cheek counted at least 34 harlequin ducks along the rocks of the first finger jetty west of the Yaquina Bay Bridge. They also went over to the rock shelf on the north side west of the bridge and saw a huge gull flock where there had been a herring spawn. They counted 40 brant in the middle of the gulls, and a dozen mallards in a group as well. Brant often show in that area this time of year, which is during their spring migration and feed on herring eggs. Mallards are opportunistic and in recent years have been feeding in the surf and swash zone at the mouth of Beaver Creek and the nearby beach. Mallards could be there feeding on herring eggs, too.
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