Cannon Beach is a charming coastal town along the rugged coastline of Oregon. Though it comes as no surprise to us, Cannon Beach has been called one of National Geographic’s most beautiful places in the world. For many, a trip to the coast means colorful tide pools, beautiful sandy beaches, dramatic rock formations, and stunning vistas up and down the coastline. Places like the iconic Haystack Rock are just the beginning of things at the coast. Nevertheless, these are the places forever ingrained in our hearts as minds. Stay at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast near Cannon Beach this summer, and experience the wonder of the Oregon Coast for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »
“Welcome back, puffins!”
So reads a handmade sign held by a flock of school children in front of Cannon Beach’s most prominent landmark, Haystack Rock, every April.
Haystack Rock is home to a colony of 200-300 tufted puffins during the summer months, where they congregate after many months on the open ocean to mate and raise chicks.
Their arrival is a sure sign of spring in Cannon Beach and is celebrated during the annual Twelve Days of Earth Day celebration.
During the event, April 11 – 22, 2012, volunteers with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program set up puffin-viewing stations on the beach with spotting scopes. They are also available to answer questions about the distinctive birds.
Tufted puffins are striking birds during the summer breeding season: each sports a thick, bright orange bill, a bright white face atop a jet-black body, and a pair of golden tufts curling from orange-rimmed eyes down the back of the neck. In the air, they fly purposefully with constantly flapping wings. Read the rest of this entry »