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Diane Bley noticed these two mature Bald Eagles perched in a tree near Goat Rock in Jenner on Friday, Oct 20th.

We have hopes that this pair will nest in the Jenner area early next year. Here is what the Cornell Lab of Ornithology says about these beautiful eagles:

"The Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and a spiritual symbol for native people for far longer than that. These regal birds aren’t really bald, but their white-feathered heads gleam in contrast to their chocolate-brown body and wings. Look for them soaring in solitude, chasing other birds for their food, or gathering by the hundreds in winter. Once endangered by hunting and pesticides, Bald Eagles have flourished under protection."

To hear the call of a Bald Eagle, here is the link: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Bald_Eagle/sounds

It is surprising how weak their calls are! I didn't know that until I listened while composing this post.

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

The mating season of the Black-tailed Deer is called the rut. And this is the time the Bucks are here to claim their Does. And the Does aren't always crazy about the idea, running away in all directions. This time of year sees many Deer hit by cars as the females run in unpredictable ways.It would be a good idea to drive a little slower now.

Claire Feury found a Buck outside her kitchen window recently. He looks to be "talking" to her.

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

It's very rare indeed to see a Tundra Swan in early autumn, but one arrived last Monday and has been seen at the Gualala River since then. Mel Smith reported he saw the swan today, paddling in the river.

Bob Rutemoeller was the first to spot the Tundra Swan while he was volunteering at the Gualala Bluff Trail on Monday. The Swan was preening itself while standing on the riverbank.

Rick Denniston spotted the swan too, this time swimming in the river.

I have never had a sighting before of a Tundra Swan in the Gualala River. We always hope to see these beautiful white swans in the winter when they migrate down to the Garcia River floodplain.

Here is a collage Anne Mary Schaefer took of two Tundra Swans flying by. Just look at those long necks!

And here is a photo Martin Steinpress took on 12/31/15 of three adult Tundra Swans swimming with Mallards in a creek north of Point Arena.

I hope we see more of these swans in the months to come. So far the juvenile swan seems happy to be at the Gualala River. Being at the Gualala River makes me happy too!

Thanks to Bob, Rick, Anne Mary and Martin for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

Weather report! We had .66 inches of rain overnight at our house. The air is clear and smells so sweet, just the way we like it. Thank you, Mother Nature, for the healing rains.

Mark Hancock is the Executive Director of the Point Arena Lighthouse and he sees many wonderful sightings every day. This one had him reaching for his camera! A wisp of fog was caught on the top of the Lighthouse. With the setting sun reflecting on the fog, it looked there were ghosts at the top of the Tower.

Mark told me he has never seen this before. Pretty amazing!

There is a museum there and lodging too. Autumn is the perfect time for a visit. Whales have been seen recently, non-migrating Gray Whales and a pod of Humpback Whales too. Brown Pelicans have begun migrating south. I love going to the Lighthouse bluffs to look for nature sightings and to soak in the beauty. To learn more about this wonderful Lighthouse, here is the link to their website: http://pointarenalighthouse.com/

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

Smoke is pretty much gone, the fog rolled in early Tuesday morning. Rain, blessed rain, is forecast for tomorrow.

Paul Brewer photographed this beautiful Monarch resting on a geranium.

The winds shifted a bit yesterday, bringing smoke to the coast. Not as bad as a week ago when Paul took this eerie photo of the sun.

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

We are doing our best rain dance. Want to join in?