“Oystercatcher” My Favorite Seabird in Little Whale Cove, Or

“Oystercatcher”
Guarding his nesting territory on the rocky shoreline of the Oregon Coast…
https://www.facebook.com/sheila.oxfordping

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oystercatcher

“Ollie and Olivia,” my Oystercatcher friends, live happily on the basalt cliffs of Cove. On rare days they can be seen. Both appear together watching their nest while the other searches for little morsals while the tide is low.” This is their story…

Nearly all species of oystercatcher are monogamous. There are reports of polygamy in the Eurasian oystercatcher, they say.

They are territorial during the breeding season, some year around defend their secret spot. Strong mate and nesting site protection is a life long mission in love…

There is one record of a pair defending the same site for 20 years. A single nesting attempt is timed over the summer months with joy…

The nests are simple cozy structures protected in a nook high up on the basalt cliffs. Nests are placed in a spot with good visibility.

The eggs of oystercatchers are spotted and cryptic. They are hard too see by hawks and other predators by the sea..

Between one and four eggs are laid, with three being norm in the Cove. Mom’s tend to take more incubation. Dad’s are in more of territorial fighting style…

Incubation varies by species, lasting between 24–39 days. They are also known to practice “egg dumping.” Like the cuckoo, they sometimes lay their eggs in the nests of other species such as seagulls, abandoning them to be raised by those birds.

I find this last part the most amazing thing to think about. If the Oystercatcher pair is unable to care for the little ones, they find loving foster parents to care for them in a new home close by.

Seagulls are that way, it would seem. My pal, “Old George ” The Western Gull, told me so…

“The Furry Loved Ones and Wildlife Friends Who Touch Our Hearts” click below…

Steve and Judy Sparks
Children and Families in Life After Trauma
“Old George” The Western Gull

Driftwood from Malaysia? Who knows?

Finished Driftwood Sculpture from Little Whale Cove…

http://www.chrismaser.com/driftwood.htm#:

“Driftwood symbolizes the Eternal relationship between wood and water, between forest and sea, between life and death. It symbolizes the ever-present moment, which is at once the past, present, and future–here, now, in this nanosecond contained.”

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/driftwood-reshapes-ecosystems-180968104/

I became enchanted by driftwood laying on the beach at the Cove, over a year ago now. Since then it has become an obsession of my soul…

I feel whole examining and learning about driftwood pieces that come by for a visit in our little Cove by the sea. It is here where I can discover the planet’s ecosystem from the beginning to the end…

But, is there an end? I don’t believe so now. Life is recycled. There is no end.

When spring arrives, it is proof there is no end. I see reincarnation. I want to come back as a Pelican and join Captain Pelican Pete and The Flying Aces of Little Whale Cove…

For I believe life is renewed at the Cove. I feel God’s spirit while discovering driftwood in the Cove.

There is only life on earth. There is no end to the Universe…

Steve and Judy Sparks
Children and Families in Life After Trauma
“Matt n Mattie” at the Cove…

“HMS Queens Pride” Rum Running at The Cove… c1780

Partial plank from Captain Jack Rumsey’s sailing ship, “HMS Queens Pride”
“Cedar is a light dimensionally stable wood, with a very high strength-to-weight ratio. It doesn’t absorb water readily and is highly resistant to decay, so the common enemy of most other boat building timbers – rot – is not an issue.” https://www.sailboat-cruising.com/cedar-strip-boat-building.html
“HMS Queens Pride,” Whale Cove, Oregon c1880https://www.pirateshowcancun.com/blog/scurvy-pirate-history/famous-pirate-ships-in-history/

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1647141355351170&id=41921866814345

Captain Jack Rumsey, swimming to shore after his ship sunk off the Cove jetty c1780…

Was Whale Cove a bootlegger’s dream?

“Many believe that during Prohibition (1920-1933) Canadian rumrunners would sneak into this secluded bay at night, anchor, and use rowboats to ferry the illicit booze to the beach where shore gangs would hoist the shipment (mostly bourbon and scotch) to the bluff top and, if the coast was clear, they would load it onto trucks parked on the tree-lined road above for peddling to booze pushers and speakeasys all over the county.”

Whale Cove long ago… Photo (Whale Cove circa 1931) from the vast archives at the Lincoln County Historical Society
Public Archives, The Cove …

“Ohhhh woo woo woo!” Captain Jack Rumsey yelled as he swam to the Cove shore. He was knocked off the “Queens Pride” as it was breaking up on the north point of the Cove…

It was a late afternoon severe thunderstorm and sea spout that sent the HMS Queens Pride into the basalt cliffs. Twas an early fall, balmy sunny day, in the Cove, when the cliffs at the Cove ripped the Queens Pride in two…

Most of the crew took the ship’s small landing craft to shore 30 minutes earlier. The crew and the rum got to the beach in the nick of time. They were greeted by happy natives and white settlers who occupied the coastal waters near Whale Cove and Depoe Bay…

Captain Jack was with a small ships crew to keep an eye on things, and watch the sea for pirates. “Rum Running” was an art for Captain Jack Rumsey. He was the best of the best at his craft.

Running rum to the Cove and up ‘n down the coast to Pirate Cove, and other Coves along the coast was Captain Jack Rumsey’s pride. He was loved by natives and and white settlers alike, who lived in harmony, on the coast…

Two shipfitters and a coxswain were killed on the rocks. Captain Jack and the crew were deeply distressed about that.

The HMS Queens Pride ships crew are battle buddies of old. They grieve terribly for their brothers in arms…

The best of the best, the ‘right stuff’ sort of sailors, follow Captain Jack Rumsey. He was known for treating his men fairly, unlike “Blackbeard” who was terribly abusive to his crew…

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbeard

The natives and white settlers were waiting excitedly for the rum runners to come ashore. All the villages nearby danced on the Cove beach. They prepared for the early fall Pow Wow, and native style salmon bake, at the Cove…

The natives cooked salmon to a smoky slow burning wood fire. They would dance and sing along with the white settlers. Furry friends and wildlife neighbors joined in too…

But, with the tragic loss of 3 heros from the HMS Queens Pride, Captain Jack Rumsey wanted to honor them. So, all the Cove’s men, women, natives alike, furry loved ones and wildlife friends, gathered together to honor their fallen heroes…

Later that evening, Captain Jack Rumsey, got up to say a few words to the villagers and his crew. He was a little tipsy, though. Rum Running was his trade craft, you know…

After Captain Jack’s powerful words of praise, honor and remembrance, the community went on to drink and be merry… This was the way of Captain Jack Rumsey. For his love for others was always bigger than himself…

It was some months later when another ship arrived from Canada, with more than enough Rum to spare. Captain Jack Rumsey returned home with his crew after that. He was still a little tipsy after a good rest, and extended play, at the village near the Cove…

The story of Captain Jack Rumsey is shared here first. It was a Cove secret until a piece of HMS Queens Pride cedar plank appeared in the Cove awhile ago. It was then, when the truth was revealed to me, like a spirit’s whisper in the cool sea breeze by the Cove…

Steve and Judy Sparks
Children and Families in Life After Trauma

“Furry Loved Ones and Wildlife Friends Who Touch Our Hearts ” Interview with authors Steve and Judy Sparks…

https://www.oregoncoastbreakingnews.com/post/local-author-s-new-book-on-the-joy-of-animals

“That was beautiful Steve, and every word about your work is so true. I have laughed, and cried, thought, and pictured each story. You have a unique style and are definitely one of a kind!!!” Lynda Van Dyke, Newport, Oregon

Steve and Judy Sparks
Children and Families in Life After Trauma
“Ricky Racoon’s ” kids at play…

“Furry Loved Ones and Wildlife Friends Who Touch Our Hearts” Zoom readings w/ Steve ‘n Judy

Hey friends, colleagues and loved ones,

Judy and I, invite you to participate in Zoom readings and conversation. Groups of 6-8 are ideal. We anticipate a fun, uplifting, and engaging 45 minutes or so.

Our thoughts about content… The metaphors will teach and remind the participants of kindness, love and empathy. Some others might be tiny triggers but with a “stop bullies” message. Read “Roco Raccoon and The Rockettes from Radio City” in my book.

It would really be good fun if everyone attending downloaded the book to read before the show. A $4.00 investment will be worth it. You’ll have your tablet or smartphone with “Furry Loved Ones” to read with us…

We plan to facilitate a conversation about the metaphors and messages. Sound like fun?

Your needs and suggestions prior to the Zoom call will be most welcome. We can weave your input into the conversation…

Send your questions and request to me at the below email address…

With kindness and love,

Steve and Judy Sparks

stevesparks.associates@survivethriveptsd.org

Steve and Judy Sparks
Children and Families in Life After Trauma
“Ricky Raccoon’s” kids at play…

“Groovin 46ers!” and Good Neighbors…

Groovin’ 46ers”

We have lots of great neighbors here in Little Whale Cove. Some even bring us cupcakes ‘n muffins for dessert…

Our neighbors come by our home a lot. They all stop for a quick chat. Some even offer help for others when we are in need.

Old and older folks live here in the Cove. We need each other for different things, but mostly kindness and love…

As a thank you, I make driftwood art pieces for my neighbors, especially ones who come by with cupcakes after dinner.

I made “Groovin’ 46ers” for the neighbors who often bring cupcakes as dessert. Delicious, yummy, chocolate peanut butter frosting piled high on the cupcakes…

These particular neighbors were born in 1946, just like me. Very cool! We celebrate each year as “46ers.”

It is a heavenly mix of sweetness, kindness and love in the cupcakes ‘n muffins. It’s just that way here in the Cove, too…

We are good neighbors who care about each other. We are blessed, indeed…

Steve and Judy Sparks
Children and Families in Life After Trauma…
“Ricky Raccoon’s boys and girls at play at my place. They are good neighbors too…

Do Know Your Dinosaurs?

Calling this piece of driftwood, as is, discovered on mouth of Siletz Bay, “Brontosaurus.” Do you know your Dinosaurs?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brontosaurus

Brontosaurus had a long, thin neck and a small head adapted for a herbivorous lifestyle, a bulky, heavy torso, and a long, whip-like tail. The various species lived during the Late Jurassic epoch, in the Morrison Formation of what is now North America, and were extinct by the end of the Jurassic.[5] Adult individuals of Brontosaurus are estimated to have weighed up to 15 tonnes (17 short tons) and measured up to 22 metres (72 feet) long.”

Judy and I were hanging out at 52nd St in Taft last weekend. We watched the sea lions nap on the Salishan Spit across the mouth of Siletz River near the sea…

I was sitting on a huge driftwood log that looked like a Gray Whale. Sitting there on the old sea worn log was an odd beautiful old driftwood piece waiting for me to discover…

Judy came over to sit with me while we were filming the Sea Lions napping. Not one of them moved. Maybe a nose poked up here and there…

“What do you think this looks like,” I asked with a thought already in my mind. “It reminds me of a Brontosaurus,” she said with a confident smile that made it true…

We talked of Dinosaurs and wondered if they were ever here on the coast eons ago. I wanted to write about this particular dinosaur at that moment.

Driftwood pieces seem to be shaped like living things we can imagine. Anything you can imagine and learn about can be discovered on the beaches anywhere on the coast.

Siletz Bay, especially the mouth of the Siletz River is a magic place to imagine the things you see and love by the sea… Go there and see for yourself sometime soon…

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/siletz_bay/

Go to your favorite beach on the coast and dream about the beauty of your life and what you love. Dinosaurs show us that life is so much bigger and more beautiful than we could ever imagine…

Imagine with me. Dream your dream…. Learn about your favorite Dinosaurs…

Steve and Judy Sparks
Children and Families in Life After Trauma…
Judy and Steve on the mouth of Siletz River…

Jason Evans On The Backcountry Trails East of Bend…

Jason Evans , the backcountry east of Bend, Oregon…
The backcountry campus and hang-out…
“Lovely roastbeef-melt sandwich to-go from The Pine Lounge in Burns, OR after a productive morning including my second covid shot, buying clothes-hangers, laundry, and fixing a little problem with my truck after a wash; ready to Netflix the rest of the day at The Silver Spur motel which is perfect for me 🧚🏼‍♂️” Jason Evans on a nice day on campus…
The Alvord Desert Buggy Wagon at 100mph!
Running the Alvord Desert Salt Flats Salt Flats
with Jason Evans at the wheel…

When you are chilling at over 100 miles an hour and figure this would be a decent place to teach your kids how to drive 🤣

Alvord Desert Salt Flats… https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvord_Desert
Desert Daisies
Indian Paintbrush
Close-up Alvord Desert Salt Flats…
Steens Mountains run-off… A walk in the Park near the Campus.
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steens_Mountain#:~:text=Steens%20Mountain%20is%20in%20the,9%2C733%20feet%20(2%2C967%20m).
Desert hike with “Serpentine”
Written, filmed, photographed ‘n produced by Jason Evans, with Steve Sparks, ridin’ shotgun, on the Avord Desert Badlands with “Michael Meerkat ‘n Snoopy” The Mongoose Scouts…
Mindfulness Meditation Moments from Depoe Bay, Oregon

“Sea Planter” from Mindfulness Meditation Creations, Little Whale Cove, Oregon

“Sea Planter” comes alive!
“Sea Planter” ready to be finished…

While we were walking slowly along the Cove Beach about 10 days ago, I looked down and saw this ‘thing’ at the edge of the water. It looked like a living thing…

Stuff oozed out, seaweed, critters, bugs and other stuff from the sea. “It’s a living thing,” I remarked to Judy. “Are you actually going to pick it up?” She said that, looking at me with with some speculation…

It was heavy and soaked. Little sea bugs were crawling out. It surely looked like a science project to me. So, I picked it up and put it in the bag. It was about 2ft long, and full of who knows what…

I let the ugly piece of old driftwood dry for a few days and started cleaning it out. I found surprises at every pull of my small scraping tool. The groves and crevasses seemed very deep.

The little crabs and bugs started to emerge. “Holy cow!” I thought while my scraping continued. This process continued for days on end…

After exhaust every means and methods of cleaning, and sanding, look what appeared! This old piece of soft white pine was home to a colony of living breathing little creatures from the sea.

https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threads/pine-wood-used-as-drift-wood.163609/

There was rythem to it. Just like life itself. I saw mountains, rivers, basalt cliffs, oceans and the cycle of life in motion over time in the ecosystem of life in motion…

Judy came by for a look. “It’s a planter for our front porch,” she said with a big smile. “I made this for you, my love.” I remarked while looking up at her smile…

Steve and Judy Sparks
Children and Families in Life After Trauma
“The Furry Loved Ones and Wildlife Friends Who Touch Our Hearts”

Goslings Arrive in Little Whale Cove, Oregon! “Matt ‘n Mattie” are proud, indeed!

“Matt ‘n Mattie with little ones! Seven in all, not seen in years…

I wrote this week with some sadness about my Cove pals Matt ‘n Mattie. As Cove lovers and protectors of wildlife here in the Cove, we assumed Mattie and her goslings were taken by a predator…

The usual suspect was “Gritz” The Intrepid Eagle. We were wrong, joyously wrong, indeed!

It seems Mattie was in her nest much longer than normal. The days went by as we watched Matt alone in the Cove, mostly.

Matt had a couple of neighbors from Big Whale Cove visit while we were there a few days ago. A YouTube clip is included…

Now, we are happy to share a 10 minute YouTube clip showing our new family of nine playing and forging in the Cove. This is a joyous moment for all in the Cove!

I will be out in the Cove early a few times a week to watch them thrive and grow to be adult Canadian Honkers. There is always a risk that some goslings will not make it.

Join me each week for an update, including film, of this beautiful new family of resident Honkers, The whole Tribe will return to their winter home north to the Aleutians.

Until next week!

Steve and Judy Sparks, Children and Families in Life After Trauma
“Matt ‘n Mattie” with seven new Goslings in the Cove on May 4, 2021. Filmed by Steve Sparks with Galexy Ultra s20 5g…
More fun with the new family of nine in the Cove by the sea…

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