Thursday, December 7, 2017

Flotsam

Half a coconut

With a Red Sea Hare inside!

Exterior of the shell (I was careful not to tip the slug out)

Another slug

Weird seaweed(?)

Or possibly a tunicate


Some fellow beachcombers:
Godwit

Tern

Plover



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dark-eyed Junco


I have never seen a bird with this many leg bands. Has it been captured, tagged, and released by researchers four times? Where has it wandered, and what is its story?  

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Dewy webs

From a distance, this looked like frost, but the weather was far too warm for that:

On closer inspection, it looked like spider webs-- but not a single spider was in sight:


It could be the mycelia of Dollar Spot Fungus, although the grass appeared healthy. So I'm not sure what I've found... 

Low tide

Bean clams
the green material is not seaweed, but a hydroid that anchors itself onto clams


Lots of bean clams

Chitons and limpets in a pool

Anemone

Royal Tern 

Crab in a crevice

Gradually crumbling cliff face

Spotted sandpiper

Rock tunnel exposed only when the tide is low

Seaweed garden

Hermits

Whimbrel

Sunset

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sap

Tree bleeding


Possibly the culprit, a Red-Breasted Sapsucker

Got a worm!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Mirror test fail


Magpies are the only birds that recognize themselves in mirrors. As evident from the fact that these gulls were squawking at and trying to attack their reflections, they don't pass the test. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Mudflat birds

Molting hawk
A lot of Sanderlings



Pied-Billed Grebe

Cinnamon Teal

Western Grebe

Bufflehead

Killdeer

Courting?

Splish splash taking a bath

Rarely seen Tricolored Heron