It hasn't been a good year for diving, as ocean conditions haven't been inviting. One day last month the ocean quieted down enough for several divers to get in a dive. Here's what Jack got after two hours of free diving.
There is a beautiful waterfall at Stengel Beach, which you can reach using the public access trail on The Sea Ranch. Allen Vinson recently photographed it.
To learn more about the Stengel Beach access, here is the link to Sonoma County Regional Parks: http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Get_Outdoors/Parks/Stengel_Beach_Sea_Ranch_Access_Trail.aspx
Our sunny days, as seen in Allen's photo, look to be over, as cold and cloudy weather has arrived. And more rain is headed our way too.
Thanks to Allen for allowing me to share his photo with you here. To see much more of Allen's nature photography, here is the link: http://allenvinson.smugmug.com/
There have been two sightings of a Barred Owl in the past couple of weeks. They look very similar to Spotted Owls. Allen Francis photographed this owl.
A Barred Owl's stomach markings are vertical, and a Spotted Owl's are horizontal. The Barred Owl's call is said to sound like, "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all." You can see if you agree by listening here at this link at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barred_Owl/sounds
Thanks to Allen and Lita for allowing me to share their photos with you here.
Chris Beach recently photographed two adult Bald Eagles sitting on snags in the Gualala River.
A mature Bald Eagle was seen flying over the river this Friday, and we are encouraged by all these sightings. Our hope is that a pair will mate in the watershed of the Gualala River.
Thanks to Chris for allowing me to share his photos with you here. It is a spectacular day on the Mendonoma Coast today. Gray Whales have been seen to add grace to this day.