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


Royal Tern 

Crab in a crevice

Gradually crumbling cliff face

Spotted sandpiper

Rock tunnel exposed only when the tide is low

Seaweed garden




Saturday, November 18, 2017


Tree bleeding

Possibly the culprit, a Red-Breasted Sapsucker

Got a worm!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cackling Goose

Branta hudsonia minima, the tinier cousin of the Canada goose:

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




Splish splash taking a bath

Rarely seen Tricolored Heron