Beth Kattleman wrote,

“I went on a hike to Bowling Ball Beach with my friend, Margaret Lindgren, owner of Unbeaten Path Hiking Tours. It was Marg who pointed out this beautiful patch of Coast Buckwheat just we entered the beach from the north side.

“It was a gorgeous morning – calm sea, low tide, and puffs of lingering fog. Marg also pointed out the sandstone concretions and other geomorphic marvels as we walked the length of Bowling Ball, while she also identified the various Seaweeds that were scattered on the rocky shore.

“I’m lucky to have such a knowledgeable friend! We then hiked the bluff trail between Bowling Ball and Moat Creek, and saw a handsome Osprey perched on a precipice!”

Bowling Ball Beach is found at Schooner Gulch State Park. To learn more about one of my favorite State Parks, here is the link: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=446

And to learn more about Margaret's Unbeaten Path Hiking Tours, here is the link to her website:

http://www.unbeatenpathtours.com/

Thanks to Beth for allowing me to share her photos with you here.

I love huckleberries. I call them Mother Nature's antioxidant pills. Usually they begin to ripen in August and continue ripening in the months to come. In other words, some of the berries are ripe now while others on the same stem are still green. It's wonderful that huckleberries have such a long season. Now is the time to go out and find the first ripe ones. They are often the biggest and the sweetest.

I went huckleberry picking yesterday and here is my haul. It does take time and a certain degree of patience to pick them. But I enjoy wandering to each bush and finding out if they have big ones. Today Rick went out with me and we got even more. Yay!

The smaller huckleberries we leave for wildlife. We two-legged creatures aren't the only ones who covet these wonderful berries. We had some of these berries in our sourdough pancakes this morning. After I clean them, removing any stems, I can then freeze them in a freezer bag. This way we will have huckleberries all during the year. The gift that keeps on giving!

Marie De Santis noticed one of the Gray Fox kits at her place was quite a bit smaller than the others. She was worried about this fox, but she says he/she seems to be thriving.

Ellen Loring also has a Gray Fox family in her yard, underneath her hot tub. Here is one of the kits looking through her door - you can see another kit in the background.

Kits are curious and will come inside, as Marie has discovered. One of my favorite stories is about a kit who came in a small opening in a sliding glass door. The little fox grabbed a cube of butter and tried to make an escape, but the stick of butter wouldn't fit through the door! Oh, I would have loved a photo of that.

Thanks to Marie and Ellen for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

It is beautiful on the coast today - sunny and warm.

Pam Ryan was observing Gualala Point Island when she saw this Common Murre coming in for a landing.

The top of the rocky island looks pretty crowded! Common Murre's look like small penguins, as they walk around upright.

Here's a photo Craig Tooley took of Murres along with Cormorants on the island. I love the two Murres with their chests together in the back.

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

The chicks in the other two Peregrine Falcon nests, one with two chicks and the other with four chicks, have fledged. But a new nest was discovered recently and the chicks are at least three weeks younger than the ones that just fledged. There are two chicks in this newly discovered nest and Michael Beattie was invited to come by and photograph them.

Here the two chicks obviously are anxious to be fed.

The adult Peregrines have been taking nearly all of this year's Western Gull chicks to feed their young. It's a rough time for smaller birds with these predators in town.

Thanks to Michael for allowing me to share his photos with you here.