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OUR MISSION: Encourage residents and visitors to protect and enjoy the native birds,
other wildlife, and habitats found on 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 take 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 ~ Acceleration
Peregrine Falcons

by Lloyd Wayne Odom

It has been my pleasure to closely observe and photograph the beautiful peregrine falcon family at Yaquina Head during their 2018 successful raising and fledging of two offspring. The two juveniles both appear to be males and healthy at the fledging stage.

This article features photos of all four family members starting with the female that can be up to 30% larger than the male. These photos capture her with a full wing and tail feather spread along with feet neatly tucked for flight. Also notice the see-through feathers on the second photo with enough light coming through for specific detail.

What a thrill it has been to witness and photograph the fastest living beings on earth! Capturing the first one fledging was especially rewarding.

The female flies above the cliffs at her scrape site viewing the beauty at Yaquina Head.

Female peregrine


It appears that the aerodynamic aviation industry has closely copied planet earth’s fastest living being. The falcons have numerous airplanes named after them in military and commercial use. A few examples are the Falcon X6, X7 and X8. The most impressive to me is the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, a one billion dollar aircraft. 

A National Geographic TV program stated that a peregrine falcon had been clocked at 242 mph in a dive. It is fascinating to watch them in combative flight as they target their prey. They rapidly fly almost straight up above their target and then dive at amazing speed to contact with explosive results.

Note the feather detail.Peregrine

They gain speed at a rapid pace and can then glide like a jet plane with fixed wings before again accelerating. I like the challenge of photographing them at such high speeds, and find it very fascinating to track them. Look at photos of falcon aircraft designs to see a resemblance to the world’s fastest living being, especially the B-2 Spirit Stealth

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