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Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 4, 6, 10, 13 ~ ASLC Birding Basics. You will learn how birds behave so it will be easier to find, watch, and identify the species you are seeing. Bird identification, adaptations, and habitat will be introduced. You will have access to bird guides and binoculars and will learn how to use them. The final day of class will be a field trip to identify birds in the area. The classes are held at OCCC, Room 208 in Lincoln City. Tuition: $25. Material Fee: $5, Paid to instructor at first class. Instructors: Caren Willoughby, Laura Doyle, Patty Sorensen, Mark Elliott.

Saturday, November 8th, 9-11 am ~ join Mark Elliott and Jack Doyle in this birding adventure at the River House* in the Cascade Head Scenic Area. Bird expert Mark Elliott will lead the bird walk while Jack Doyle will discuss photographing the birds on and around the beautiful Salmon River. Free event. Dress for weather.
* Directions to CHR River House from coastal Hwy 101: at the junction of Hwy 101 and Three Rocks Road North, travel west toward the ocean for 2.3 miles. At the “Y” in the road, turn right on to Savage Road and follow it to the end. It’ll bring you down to the mouth of the Salmon River and to the Cascade Head Ranch River House. Have questions? Call 541-992-9720.

Tuesday, November 11, 5:00pm ~ (ASLC) Board Meeting in Aces at Chinook Winds Golf Resort. Open to the public.

REGIONAL

Whether you are a resident state birder or a visitor, you might be interested in finding out what birds were sighted where in the state and when. Click here for up-to-date reports.

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MPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Injured birds, dead mammals, poaching
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call: State Police: 800-452-7888

Injured Bird and Mammal Rehab Centers:
Chintimini Wildlife Center (Corvallis) 541-745-5324
Wildlife Care Center (Portland) 503-292-0304
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center (Salem) 503-540-8664

Injured Raptors
Cascades Raptor Center (Eugene) 541-485-1320

photo © nagi aboulenein - bald eagle
 

This Year's Pelican Migration,
What a Catch!
by Ernie Rose

On October 24, well into the bird migration period, I headed down to the mouth of D River in Lincoln City. A friend told me she had seen a number of Brown Pelicans at the beach and thought I'd be interested in seeing them. Well, hell yes!

I grabbed my camera and arrived at the D River park at about 9:15am. I was stunned by the number of pelicans linging along the river's banks as well as fishing in the river. The tide was going out and the birds were facing upriver, so I naturally assumed small fish were making their way out to sea. About 100 pelicans, maybe 25-30 Heermann's Gulls and about 50 Western Gulls were vying for the best fishing locations in the river. A number of instances, a gull would give a cry and then all of a sudden a large group of the birds would swooped to that location to grab their feed. It reminded me of the "combat fishing" that happens to those people fishing along the banks of the Salmon River on either side of Hwy 101 in Otis. I managed to get some good close-up shots of the birds that day.

brown pelicans

I went back the next morning with the hope of seeing just as many pelicans. But, after all, it is the migrating season! This time I only saw about 30 pelicans lining the banks and only several in the water as the tide was going out. But that morning I was in for a big surprise!

Looking out toward the mouth of the river I saw a pelican flying after something that was making a "V" in the water and moving very quickly upriver. The pelican was just about to get it when the fish made a very sharp and quick 180º turn back toward the ocean. When it made its turn, it was half out of the water and I could see it was a rather large salmon. I took my eyes away from it after taking a couple of photos. It had gone when I looked up from the camera . . . poof! In fact, it had gone right into another pelican's pouch. Unbelievable!!! I would never had believed it if I wasn't lucky enough to see it with my own eyes as well as having recorded it in my camera.

pelican with coho salmon

I have never heard of a pelican taking such a large fish. I chuckle when I think about that bird acted pretty much like our teenagers . . . impulsively! It stood there with this huge thing in its over-stretched pouch trying to figure out what to do next. (It looks like the 2 birds next to it have smiles on their faces over such a dilemma.) The pelican went into deeper water and when a wave came in, it put its head in the water. I believe it let the fish go because when it raised its head the fish was gone. And I know there was no time to swallow it and, besides, there was no way that fish would fit down its neck and into its stomach!! A classic case of eyes bigger than the stomach!