Day one of our three day stay in Tillamook and we spent the morning at Bayocean Spit. Unlike our drive down from Seattle yesterday in glorious sunshine the weather today was overcast with occasional clear periods and a high of 14C.
|Long-billed Dowicher feeding just of road - Dee Yates|
Bayocean Spit is only around 8 miles from the hotel and during the drive down we came across around twenty or so Long-billed Dowicher, which were feeding in a small off-road pool. The route passes through meadows and along the edge of Tillamook Bay so it's worth keeping an eye out for any hunting raptors, on this occasion a couple of Turkey Vulture were busy scouring. Before parking we took a slow drive along the waters edge and here at least a dozen Great Blue Heron, over 100 Double-crested Cormorant at rest and a couple of Spotted Sandpiper, which were pretty close in.
|Spotted Sandpiper - Bayocean Spit|
|Record shot of Western Grebe in the morning gloom|
|A young Bald Eagle - sadly the gloomy sky and +3 on the camera doesn't help the image!|
|Rufous Hummingbird - It seemed like one was perched on top of every branch - Dee Yates|