On July 22, 2018, we ventured to the Elliott State Forest where we met up with other members of the Oregon Birding Association as well as a group call Coast Range Forest Watch, a volunteer-based group who surveys for the Marbled Murrelet, a federally threatened species.
We got started very early in the morning, hiking into the forest, and watching and listening, overhead, to the murrelets fly roundtrip between the ocean to their nests. This was exceptional.
Our forest hike yielded a few new species for my big year:
After, we headed out to Cape Arago State Park, hoping to see the murrelets on the ocean. The weather was initially windy and misty, making visibility of the ocean pretty difficult. Within the hour, it cleared up, and I saw an additional four species:
New Birds for 2018: 7
2018 Year-to-Date Talley: 212