We’re having a great and relaxing time since we arrived in Bandon a month ago. Traveling every week or two can be stressful. The simplest of chores like finding a grocery store or figuring out how to maneuver the motorhome into an unfamiliar gas station can get old. In the past month, we’ve found our favorite pizza joint, memorized the aisles in the grocery store and even have a PO Box and library card. We feel like one of the locals!
We work Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM. During our shift, we train our spotting scopes on nesting birds just off the coast and invite visitors to have a look. We explain the birds’ migratory and nesting habits and do our best to answer questions. At the end of each work day, we head back to the motorhome for a long nap. I don’t think we could ever go back to a “real” job.
Many of the rocky islands off the beach are named after their appearance. First-time tourists hear about these and often ask “Where is Elephant Rock?” or “Where is Face Rock?”. The kids see the resemblance right away but often the adults do not.
Cindy and I come here even on our days off. We’ve gotten to know the few nesting black oystercatchers and their newly hatched chicks. We feel it’s our duty to check on them every day.
The most popular bird with the tourists and locals is the tufted puffin. We usually see one or two during our work days but they’re too far away to photograph. I found this picture on the internet which illustrates their appeal:
Even though I haven’t been able to photograph a puffin up close, I have found other interesting birds to photograph.
A lot of the tourists come to see the seals. While we concentrate on the birds, our fellow volunteers down on the beach focus on seals and wildlife in the tidal pools.