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OUR MISSION: Encouraging residents and visitors to protect and enjoy the birds, wildlife and habitats found along the Central Oregon Coast
IN THE NEWS:

LOCAL

Saturday, August 11, 11am-1pm (PLEASE NOTE THE TIME) ~ Birding Bayocean Spit/Tillamook Bay. The Spit is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Tillamook Bay and includes a freshwater lake. We will look for sea and lake waterfowl and watch for a rare sandpiper among the flocks of migrating shorebirds. In the wooded areas we will look for warblers and wrentits. No registration, free to the public. We will have binoculars and field guides available to use.

Directions: To avoid the construction in Tillamook city, turn west on Tillamook River Loop Rd (3.2 miles north of Happy Valley). Continue onto Tillamook River Rd for 2.2 miles. Turn left on Burton-Fraser Rd for 2.2 miles and turn right onto Hwy 131. From there it's about 1 mile north to Bayocean Rd. Turn left and continue around the bay for 5 miles and turn right onto a gravel road. Drive 1.5 miles to the parking lot.

Immediately following the field trip we encourage you to join a tour of the collection of mounted birds from around the world at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum located at 2106 Second Street in Tillamook.

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 from the OBOL (Oregon Birders Online).

If you are interested in signing up to receive Oregon bird sightings reported to OBOL, click here.

eBird includes reports of birds seen locally and around the world. For recent reports and places to bird in Lincoln County, click here. For Tillamook County, click here.

NATIONAL

National Audubon sues the Department of Interior "in federal court to defend our country's most important bird protection law—the Migratory Bird Treaty Act."

Want to know the status of bird migrations. Check out BirdCast, the realtime migration forecast by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 

JIGSAW PUZZLE ENTHUSIASTS
For those who enjoy playing jigsaw puzzles, tackle our July one this month. Good luck!!

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

Injured Birds along central OR coast, call
Harry Dodson (Lincoln City) 541-921-0048

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
Wildlife Center of the North Coast (Astoria) 503-338-0331

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

Observations ~ Fascination ~ Illumination
Osprey Rival Acts of Terror
by Lloyd Wayne Odom

The adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is relevant here. It is not my intent to in any way diminish the beauty and amazing flight skills of these fascinating big birds of prey by bringing to light their rather ugly side. Nature has its own set of actions and reactions throughout the food chain hierarchy. However, to kill an innocent baby of your own species in a neighbor’s nest with both parents at its side seems ruthless and a bit unsettling to witness. You will witness such an event that food has nothing to do with.

Nature also has its own set of territorial instincts in some species that cause them to target and kill for population control. Yes, even their neighbor’s innocent babies if they are deemed too close for comfort to infringe on the vital food supply habitat.

The “KILLER TERRORIST OSPREY” targets 1 of 3, or 4 babies in the nest.
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Deadly Ambush In Progress
The “KILLER OSPREY” swoops down clearly focused on the target, catching the parents by surprise and unprepared to protect their babies. The beautiful Osprey pair have worked very hard for several weeks in nest preparation. Dedicated to each other in a united effort to raise their new family with love and excellent care, they have 3 or 4 fledging babies in the nest. A beautiful day now turns ugly without warning - making the parents shocked and terrified. How can this be? Our neighbor, a terrorist killer??

The shock and awe of surprise clearly visible in the parents panic reactions. Notice the fear literally gleaming in their eyes. Also their beaks are open with loud screams while flapping their wings.

Parents look terrified as they watch the murder of their innocent baby by a rival.osprey2

The determined killer shows no fear of the two parents caught off guard during the ambush. I learn a lot from wildlife and this is another teaching event for me. The element of surprise shows that the parents were not prepared for such an unexpected event. Though they were capable of defensive combat their obvious fear kept them from defending their babies. Preparedness for the unexpected is valuable! (Click here to read the full story.)

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