Rain hammered down on all six of our volunteer teams until late afternoon, by which time some of us had given up and headed home. 20mph winds with gusts up to 50mph drove the rain, making visibility practically nil. Alot of our birding was done from our cars.
So when one of our teams called my cell phone and asked what in the world I had gotten them into, followed by the statement that they had seen 28 Black Oystercatchers, I thought they were pulling my leg! But Nels Nelson had proof - he got more than half of them in this photo.
Covering the coast was no easy task -- across from Netarts Bay, Nels and Owen found another group of birds huddled together - this bunch of Great Egrets.
This map shows our approximate coverage for the day.
The Woodhouse team braved the elements at Nehalem sewage ponds to count the waterfowl. At the Bay City ponds, this juvenile Greater White-fronted Goose "landed on the gravel road and proceeded to nibble at the roadside herbage." Look closely and you can see water dripping from the tip of its bill.
Sue Norris, one of our "solo" teams, came up with our bird of the day. This beautiful Lapland Larkspur was one of several birds who emerged at Bayocean Spit after the weather cleared late in the afternoon.