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Manchester Beach is a coast treasure with five miles of sandy beach. Anne Mary Schaefer recently photographed a sunset there with a flock of shorebirds in the foreground.

To learn more about Manchester State Park, here is their website: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=437

Thanks to Anne Mary for allowing me to share her photo with you here. To see Anne Mary's Pawpawrazzi Pet Photography website, here is the link: http://www.pawpawrazzipetphotography.com/


On Sunday, two mature Bald Eagles were seen on the sandbar of the Gualala River and Chris Beach photographed them. One of his photos will be in this week's Independent Coast Observer in my Mendonoma Sightings column. His other two photos I share with  you here.

The first photo shows a nice flyby of one of the Bald Eagles - just magnificent.

And the second shows one of the Bald Eagles bringing an Eel back to where the other Eagle waits.

Are they a mated pair? No nest has been found...yet!

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

There is a rocky beach off The Sea Ranch called Tide Pool. It is where many Harbor Seal moms give birth. Steve Coffee-Smith recently photographed a pup by itself on the beach.

It is not unusual for a  mother Harbor Seal to leave her sweet pup on the beach so she can fish for herself after giving birth. Never "rescue" a pup. Its mother will return. If you think you have found one in distress, the proper thing to do is call the Marine Mammal Center at 415) 289-SEAL. They will send a trained local to assess the situation.

Thanks to Steve for allowing me to share his photo with you here.

Here are three more native wildflowers found by Mary Sue Ittner on a recent hike. She and her fellow hikers were excited to find California Indian Pink, Silene laciniata ssp. californica.

Western Colt's Foot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus, was also seen.

And finally Mary Sue was happy to see Checker Lily, also called Mission Bells, Fritillaria affinis. During the drought this wildflower was mostly absent. Welcome back, Checker Lily!

Thanks again to Mary Sue for allowing me to share these photos with you here.

Mary Sue Ittner hiked Skaggs Springs Road with the Thursday Ramblers. She found many wildflowers in bloom. First is Red Larkspur, Delphinium nudicaule.

And Blue Dicks, Dichelostemma capitatum.

Next found was California Fawn Lily, Erythronium californicum - just beautiful!

Tomorrow I will share three more wildflowers found by Mary Sue and the intrepid hikers. Thanks to Mary Sue for allowing me to share her photos with you here.