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Coastal Oregon

Amazingly, we encountered beautiful and sunny weather while we were in the Portland area. It did rain on one of the five days we were there but who can complain when we were there for the only days it didn’t rain in the past two months?

Oregon Coast
Oregon Coast

Glaucous-winged and Western Gulls were overly abundant along the coast. Didn’t find any Thayer’s Gulls the first day but did find a single Eurasian Wigeon on a golf course pond.

Western Gull
Western Gull

The second day we checked out Westmoreland Park near SE Portland and found several adult Thayer’s Gulls in addition to 1st cycle Thayer’s, a flock of 12+ (minima) Cackling Geese, Eurasian Wigeon and many Wood Ducks.

Cackling Goose
Cackling Goose (B.h. minima)

Wood Duck
Wood Duck

Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon

Thayer's Gull
Thayer’s Gull (adult)

Thayer's Gull
Thayer’s Gull (adult)

Thayer's Gull
Thayer’s Gull (1st cycle)

We ended the trip with a beautiful stay in the Willamette Valley wine country. We’ve been up to the area several times before but the beautiful weather in the middle of December was a lovely treat.

Willamette Valley
Willamette Valley

 

Posted by on December 22, 2010 in Photography Adventures

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Cut beer cans placed around seagulls’ necks!

Yes it’s rather disturbing and apparently it’s been happening all over the Bay Area in California. There is now a $2,000 reward leading to the capture of the individual or individuals responsible for these horrific acts on helpless animals.

Western Gull with beer can around neck
Western Gull with beer can around neck

“Instead of attempting to capture the birds, which can make them more wary and harder to catch, sightings should be reported immediately to a dedicated paging service 831-429-2323 or emailed to rescue@wildrescue.org,” the group stated.

WildRescue said it had alerted the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

“This is a federal crime punishable by severe fines, imprisonment, or both,” said Rebecca Dmytryk, WildRescue’s spokeswoman.

 

Posted by on November 4, 2010 in Photography Adventures

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