Sunday, January 21, 2018

UNO RETURNS TO ALKI AND SEA LIONS REST CLOSE TO SHORE

Harbor Seal pup Uno was back at Alki for a rest on Cove 3 beach today.  Uno seems healthy and is spending about the same amount of time on the beach each day.  This is 7 days in the past 2 weeks that Uno has been monitored by Seal Sitters at Alki.
In addition to Uno a group of 5 California Sea Lions rested in the water a short distance from Cove 1 shore.  Usually they rest of the large mooring buoys off shore but a tug and barge chased them into the water while tying up to the buoy.  Flippers raised out of the water is for thermoregulation as the flippers lose less heat in air then in the water...they can also absorb heat from the sun.  Lots of divers were in the area and the sea lions moved off shortly after the divers went in the water.  Once the tug activity ceased the sea lions were back on the buoy.  A few sea lions remained on the barge during the entire operation, undisturbed by all the activity.






 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

HARBOR SEAL PUP "UNO" MOVES FROM LINCOLN PARK TO COVE 2 ON ALKI


Harbor Seal pup "Uno" has been showing up on a regular basis for the last week or so at Lincoln Park for rest period on the beach.  Uno remained on the beach most of the day 4 times.  Today however Uno moved to Cove 2 next to the West Seattle Water Taxi and rested for about 5 hours and then returned to the water after watching 2 other seals swim by.  The day was extremely wet with heavy downpours off and on.....perhaps Uno figured that being in the water was just as dry and being on the beach....  About a dozen CA Sea Lions rested on the buoy in the bay.












Sunday, January 14, 2018

BELATED POST FROM JANUARY 6TH BIRDING TRIP TO SKAGIT DELTA

The day dawned gray and rainy....socked in low cloud with heavy mist and 37 degrees....what better weather for a bird watching trip to the Skagit.  Heavy mist all the way north for 50 miles...then like breaking through a wall the sky dried up...a hole in the soggy.  So remember never don't go....you may regret it.  I was only going to replace a group member Noelle who was home hosting Mr, Flubug. The birds showed up....as usual...Snow Geese, Swans, Eagles, Herons, Thousands of ducks of mostly unidentified species due to distance and lighting but Pintails  were common.  A lovely little Kestrel, 30 plus Bald Eagles and 2 Rough-legged Hawks and strangely 3 male Harriers....while photo conditions were not the best here are a few results..














GRETCHEN AND I SPENT OUR 12TH ANNIVERSARY AT ALIK BEACH IN WEST SEATTLE WITH A FEW FRIENDS

When one thinks of how to spend a January 13th Anniversary in Seattle thoughts don't always gravitate to a nice warm sunny walk at Alki Beach with a few friends....more like someplace inside warm out of the rain with a good bottle of champagne.  But our
12th turned out to be pretty much something you could not script because nobody would believe it.  We both have just kicked out the flu bug and amazingly because it was 55 degrees and sunny on Alki we did take that walk on Alki.....and a lot of friends showed up...human and other.  We will never forget #12....you may understand why from the images...



Transient Orcas T100's and T90's












 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

RESIDENT ORCAS HEAD NORTH AFTER SPENDING THE NIGHT IN SOUTH PUGET SOUND

After spending the night in South Puget Sound the Resident Orcas that past Seattle on Monday headed back north past Seattle this morning.  These have been identified as members of J and K pods.  Behaviors included foraging and travel...some breaching was also seen as well as one whale that became inverted....image attached is poor due to distance and air conditions near the water surface.....so please forgive the poor quality.





Inverted whale

BELATED POST FROM NISQUALLY DELTA - FALL 2017

This is a late post from October 2017 from Nisqually Delta.  While this a part of the Puget Sound the animals are distinctly fresh water...and trees.  They are included here just because it was impossible for me to leave them out of a post due to their cuteness....and their abundance in the Nisqually Delta.  Usually the Delta is the place to go to see ducks, geese, and other waterfowl as well as herons as well as eagles, hawks, falcons, and a variety of other birds.  This year the Pacific Chorus Frogs stole the show. Garter snakes were almost as common as the frogs.













Ladybug larva


Ring-bill Gull









D.C. Cormorant
Dragonfly

Wood Duck