A Reflection

Today I completed my last survey for the season in Sally’s Bend, along Yaquina Bay. I saw 10 Whimbrels, 16 unknown peeps flying in the air, and an aggressive eagle. It was a wonderful day to survey; there was no wind, the clouds filled the sky, and it was neither cold nor hot. I stood in the tranquil bay, during low tide, and reflected on my time spent here. Overall, I saw an array of species during the survey season, including Western/Least Sandpipers, Surfbirds, yellowlegs, dowitchers, Dunlins, Semipalmated Plovers, and Black-bellied Plovers. I have learned so much during my time in Newport, Oregon, and I will continue to do so until my time here is done. After this, I will be helping the Seabird Oceanography Lab at OSU with Common Murre monitoring…so stay tuned for that!

Denisse Silva
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