Enjoy the Travel Series, Birdwatcher Series, Species Spotlights and more observations from nature.
Part 1: Tufted Puffins on Haystack Rock
RSPB Bempton Cliffs – braving the icy cold winds on the northern England Coast two years ago, I had visited this lovely RSPB site to see the gorgeous little Atlantic Puffin. Except that I didn’t realize that all of the other coastal, rock-loving birds would be much closer to the trail than the object of my affection, the little Puffins. Skomer Island, Wales – apparently one of the closest places to see the Atlantic Puffin: all sold out almost a year in advance when I started my vacation planning. The coast of Maine and eastern Canada: several viewing spots, the closest of which was also all sold out for the summer season. This was my experience going into my summer vacation planning. Clearly these precious, almost comical-looking birds are the object of affection for many people. Completely befuddled about how to see puffins this year, I recalled that the Tufted Puffins nest on Haystack Rock in this little coastal Oregon town. With a dear friend of mine nearby in Eugene, I soon decided to plan my trip to visit her with a side visit to see these famous Tufted Puffins.
Getting to town, I soon discovered I had some serious learning to do if I was to see plenty of Puffins. I’ll share it with you here, in case you’re planning your own visit.
And so the “dance” of Tufted Puffin spotting and photography can be interesting. I can’t claim to have figured it out. So rather than get frustrated, I just delighted in the opportunity to finally see this slightly larger cousin of the Atlantic Puffin with its precious “blonde” tufts of “hair” along both sides of its head. So cute!
Some other tips for visiting Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach in general in the summer months:
c. Near the Information Center on 1st Street, on 2nd Street and on Spruce Street.
3. Arrive early for every meal out. The restaurants fill up quickly and if you’re quite hungry, you may end up with a long line – and “hangry” – LOL - if you don’t plan ahead.
Cannon Beach birding information is a bit hard to locate online for some reason. Even the Portland Audubon Society skips Cannon Beach and its birds, other than to mention sea colony monitoring. So here are some direct links to save you time:
Until next time, remember to fully enjoy nature and all of the goodness it holds for you, and please call a local wildlife rehabilitator if you find a bird or other animal in need.
“ Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer Lee