Amy Ruegg photographed two members of the Orchid family, Merten's Coralroot and Spotted Coralroot. They depend on fungi for the nutrients they need. First is the Merten's.

And here is the Spotted.

Because they need fungi in the soil to thrive, they cannot be transplanted. If you find one, just admire it and feel fortunate that you got to see one!

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

Lloyd and Kathleen Chasey found several early blooming Coast Lilies, Lilium maritimim.

These rare members of the Lily family are found where the ground is moist. There are several plants on a neighbor's land, where her spring box is, and they have not bloomed yet. I always look forward to seeing them.

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

The day Ken Bailey photographed the two Bald Eagles, he also photographed a Common Raven perched on a snag.

Ravens are bigger cousins of Crows. They are extremely intelligent and have many vocalizations. I was told there are over 40 different sounds Ravens make. To prove the point, a few days ago I thought our golden retriever, Sunny, was choking. Nope, it was a Raven just outside the open window. Fooled again!

A fun photo of a Raven was taken by C'Anna Bergman-Hill. She captioned it, "Look Ma, I'm standing on one leg!"

Thanks to Ken and C'Anna for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

One of the mature Bald Eagles flew towards the Gualala River yesterday, and I had a nice sighting of my own. The big eagle landed on the sandbar of the river and stared out to the ocean. After about twenty minutes, the bald eagle flew over the ocean, dipping down several time, attempting to find a fishy meal.

Ken Bailey photographed the two bald eagles with the backdrop of a large wave several weeks ago.

We wondered if this might be mating behavior, but it is very late for that activity. Playing? Fighting? Practice mating? No one knows for sure.

What we do know is we have two mature bald eagles here for several months now. In the late afternoon they fly north.

Thanks to Ken for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see much more of Ken's nature photography, here is his website:


I haven't seen these birds before, but I'm not the best birder in the world, that's for sure! The birdhouse is an old bluebird birdhouse that has remained empty through the years. Boy, were Rick and I surprised to see two Bewick's Wrens entering the birdhouse from an opening by the roof, and then exiting through the entrance/exit hole, a few minutes apart. Squeaks were heard from the chicks inside.

This wren, which is described as "noisy and hyperactive," has a distinctive call. It ends with a lispy "twee, twee, twee." I've been wondering what bird was making those calls, so I'm happy to come face to face with this little bird with the white eyebrows. Nice to meet you, Bewick's Wren! Glad you brought your entire family to our place in Anchor Bay.

To hear their call, here is a link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: