Saturday, May 24, 2008

Recent nature sightings

Monday morning while I was waiting for the vet's office to open so I could call them, I was outside taking pictures of the clematis volunteer in our yard and I heard a different kind of chirping than usual. I looked up and saw a fattish bird with a red breast. My guess is it was a robin but within a second or two a hummingbird came along and chased it off. LOL, feisty creatures! Then as it flew off, this bird showed up. Unfortunately I only had my 60mm macro lens on, so this is the best picture I could get.

I can't tell what kind of woodpecker it is, but I know it's a woodpecker. It looks more like a Downy Woodpecker, but I swear it was larger than that, so it would likely be a Hairy Woodpecker, but who knows, maybe it's something else altogether.

Then on Tuesday afternoon, I drove down to Monterey to meet an online girlfriend. I had a great time and it was like we were old IRL friends. She and her family were headed my way on vacation so it was a chance we just couldn't pass up.

We took a walk down the Coast Guard Pier - AKA: The Breakwater - and were treated to a wonderful show of Sea Lions and Brandt's Cormorants. Check these out!
sea lions 07
Awwww, wasn't that sweet?
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Synchronized Swimming :)
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More cute babies!
Stop! You thief! This cormorant was flying AWAY from the nesting area with a bit of nesting in its beak. I was reading at the cornell site that they steal from other nests.
The nesting area... wow, just wow!
This one nearby adjusted herself and I spotted the eggs!
The blue on their necks is just amazing! And it's eyes are a bright blue as well!

I also spotted some jellyfish in the waters - never seen them before out there, and several starfish as well. Great place to hit for wildlife spotting! I'd say a little dangerous though. There isn't a barrier between humans and the sea lions and those adults are huge... although pretty docile basking in the sun.


Mary C said...

All your photos are "cute." But that Brandt's Cormorant is WOW!

Lutheran Lucciola said...

Oh, nice photos! I'm glad your puss-puss is doing better, too.

There was another Lutheran in Monterey this weekend, Pastor Cwirla from LA. A good weekend for Lutherans, I guess!

Red said...

Thank you both :D

Too bad I didn't know that... was he preaching there? I didn't notice anything on his blog.

Lutheran Lucciola said...

No, I only knew because of his page on the Wittenburg Trail site. Or maybe he did preach, not sure....


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