Whaaaat? Three rain-less days in a row? Very nice! Mind you, no rain does not mean sun, but that's okay. I'll take a cloudy day with no rain. We made the rounds today. Went to the mouth of the Mad River, Clam Beach, The Bottoms, and the marsh.
It's important to note that half of this drive was done with Zac's binoculars on top of the car. This is not the first time this has happened, though it's been a while. I was horrified by this revelation....we had driven 65 mph on Hwy 101 for about 12 miles, made various stops in town and they were still on there. ACK! Not good. At least they were still there.
Anyway. We saw tons of good stuff today - starting with roughly 60 seals at the Mad River mouth (picture in next post). Unfortunately, the water was so high we couldn't get over there, but that's okay. They were all soaking up the...well, there was no sun, they were just lounging. Also saw the San Francisco Garter Snake (I'm guessing that's the kind we kept seeing yesterday). We saw one otter at the marsh and two short-eared owls at the bottoms. Tons of wildlife today, excellent!
There was a Peregrine Falcon getting mobbed by some crows and a raven and he ended up landing right above our heads. Not in an ideal spot for a photo, but I ran up the little hill like a crazy person and he didn't flush, so here's the picture I got.
I got a fair amount of photos from today, so I'm breaking it up into two entries. At Clam Beach, we saw the Snowy Plovers; we counted 23. Don't quote me on this, but it's possible they are one of the cutest birds in the world (but the Piping beats 'em still). They're so damn tiny...i ended up getting quite close (man, I'm so sly) but these are cropped a little bit because of their minute size. Uh...this first one? With the squinched eyes? Come on! So cute it hurts me. Outdoor Wednesday and Nature Notes. Thursday Challenge : high or low - ground level snake and plovers; peregrine straight above.
Last for this post is the Great Egret from the marsh.