Seabirds Returning to Oregon Islands Refuge…

“Seabirds are already returning to Oregon Islands Refuge for the summer breeding season. Keep your eyes peeled for the lanky Cormorants atop nearby islands, rafts of Common Murres floating in the surf, and the feathery flapping footballs that are the Tufted Puffins. A number of Puffins have already been spotted around both Pacific City’s and Cannon Beach’s Haystack Rocks this year. Head to the Haystacks early in the morning to take a look at the earlybirds.”

Photos by Ram Papish

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

Spanning the Oregon coast, the wilderness islands and windswept headlands of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge are celebrated for their abundant wildlife and rugged grandeur. Rocky islands and sheer cliffs provide isolated breeding and resting habitat for diverse communities of birds, marine mammals, and plants along the wave-battered coastline. 

My days are most rewarded from learning more mystery, magic and stunning beauty of the Oregon Coast. I literally can’t get enough of this delicious and delightful soul food by the sea…

I learn new things each and every day. Living in the moment allows me to be completely captivated by this dreamy life by the sea…

Yeah! Breathing the fresh clean air from the sea is mindful and healing all day long, if my mind can dream, not fret. The seabirds bring new life to the coast in the spring, just in time…

Seabirds bring us more love and kindness too. After all, it’s springtime on the coast. We need more love and kindness than ever before…

Spring is here when the seabirds arrive at Oregon Islands National Refuge. It’s time once again to be thankful for our blessings in this beautiful land by the sea…

I see brighter days ahead! I see pink SeaThrift blooms and seabirds flying together, through the winds that heal us, by the sea…

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate…and aspiring artisan.

“Dick ‘n Bella” Play Ball at The Cove By The Sea…

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“Dick ‘n Bella” at the Cove…

I was sitting on my favorite rock at the Cove talking to “Matt ‘n Mattie” when “Bella” came up to me. She looked up at me with a red ball in her mouth and grinned with excitement…

I could hear Bella asking me to play red ball with her. I could see “Dick” was tired of tossing out the red ball for now…

“See Bella run!” I’d say with cheer in my voice. She knew, then, I’d play red ball with her at the Cove.

Dick was busy looking for seaweed. It is his favorite with seafood salad by the sea. His neighbors love seaweed from the Cove, too…

I tossed the red ball out a little ways, so as not to disturb Matt ‘n Mattie forging in the tide pools. It’s okay to play as long as we do not disturb Matt ‘n Mattie while they forge in the Cove…

The Cove is a heavenly place for all to share with love, kindness and joy. We always respect the sea birds at play in the Cove by the sea…

Bella loves seabirds too, especially when Matt ‘n Mattie arrive in the spring. “But they won’t play ball with me,” she said with a sad look in her eyes.

Bella was looking up at me, with the red ball in toe. She wanted me to toss it into the Cove by the sea…

So, I tossed it out again for a short distance so as to not disturb Matt ‘n Mattie. Bella knows this too. She goes gently into the water to retrieve the red ball with joy…

I love Bella and all the furry love ones in the Cove. I love Matt ‘n Mattie and all the seabirds too…

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate…and aspiring artisan.
“Matt n Mattie” forging and hanging out with me at the Cove…