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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pine Siskins on a weather vane. They join American Goldfinches here on the Mendonoma Coast.

Shirley Mitchell saw a charming sight. She called these Pine Siskins "whale riders."


Pine Siskins arrive on the Mendonoma Coast about the same time the beautiful male Goldfinches. They both love to eat at thistle feeders filled with niger seed. Below is a photo taken by Dean Schuler of male American Goldfinches at one such feeder.

Siegfried Matull took this lovely photo of three Goldfinches on a branch and a Pine Siskin in the air.

Thanks to Shirley, Dean, and Siegfried for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This morning was a rainbow morning!

Rainbows are a great way to start off your day. A small storm overnight brought us beautiful rainbows this morning. I took these photos from our front deck in Anchor Bay.




It's cool and blustery here on the Coast today. Too many whitecaps to see Gray Whale spouts but I bet there are some mother/calf pairs passing by unnoticed by us!

Monday, April 21, 2014

The red moon during the eclipse of April 14th.

Paul Kozal was one of several coast photographers out photographing the eclipse of April 14, 2014.  Paul got a beautiful photo of the eclipse, showing a red moon.


Seeing the moon this color next to the bright star is amazing!

Thanks to Paul for allowing me to share his photo with you here. To see much more of Paul's nature photography, here is his website: http://www.paulkozal.com/

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The tiny green frog with the BIG voice - the Sierran Treefrog.

I love these little green frogs. They can change color, though, to adapt to their environment but they can't turn white. Ann Marie Meyer photographed one on a Calla Lily.


Below is a photo of a Treefrog that has changed its color to a blue/gray. It was taken by Susan Ruschmeyer.

When the male calls for a mate, the sound is so much louder than you'd expect from such a tiny frog. Peter Baye captured a photo of the voice sac in action. Amazing photo!

Thanks to Ann Marie, Susan and Peter for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Low tide versus high tide at the mouth of the Gualala River.

Julie Bower took two photos and set them side-by-side to show us the highs and lows of the tide at the mouth of the Gualala River.


It's very interesting to see the difference! Thanks to Julie for allowing me to share her photos with you here.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bobcats are hunting for their young on the Mendonoma Coast.

Bobcats are being seen more frequently the past couple of weeks. It appears the mothers are hunting for "real" food for their kittens. Janet Burch recently photographed one on The Sea Ranch.


You can see the Bobcat is looking right at Janet and her camera. This cat with the tufted ears and bobbed tail is a year round resident of the Mendonoma Coast. Look for them in grassy meadows hunting for their favorite food - gophers!

Thanks to Janet for allowing me to share her photo with you here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The first Harbor Seal pups have arrived.

It's that time of year - Harbor Seal pups are being born. Carol Hunter got a photo of one of the very first pups of 2014.

Harbor Seal pups and their moms bond right after birth. It is quite endearing to see. Below is a photo from last year of a pup nuzzling its mom. It was taken by Craig Tooley.

After birthing, the mother Harbor Seal will leave her pup on the beach while she hunts for fish. Never try to "rescue" a pup or any other marine mammal. If you believe one needs help, call the Marine Mammal Center at 415) 289-7325 or 415)289-SEAL.

Thanks to Carol and Craig for allowing me to share their photos with you here.
To see much more of Craig's nature photographs, here is his website: www.ruffimage.com