Zak Rudy has been fortunate to observe a pair of Peregrine Falcons mate and nest near Timber Cove over the past several years. Zak has seen the male, who he says is waiting for his mate to arrive. The sun was shining brightly on the chest feathers of the world's fastest animal.

Here's another photo Zak took a week or so earlier when the skies were cloudy.

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

Matsutakes, a prized edible mushroom, are up. Alex Kun found a nice haul on the Sonoma coast.

Rick and I found some too, near our place in Anchor Bay. They come up in the same place, year after year. They grow in sandy soil and they smell like cinnamon.

King Boletes, Boletus edulis, another choice edible, are also still appearing. Remi Alexander photographed Patrick Hillscan with two nice mushrooms.

This morning Rick and I found two big Boletes growing on our land. It's rather puzzling with the dry, low humidity weather we've been having. We did receive over nine inches of rain in November, and that was apparently enough for the 'shrooms!

Cece Case photographed two beautiful Coral mushrooms.

Some Coral mushrooms are edible, but I just like to enjoy their beauty where they grow.With more rain, we should be seeing many more of these intricate fungi in the forest. No rain is  predicted until the 20th.

Thanks to Alex, Remi and Cece for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

It's so wonderful to continue to see two mature Bald Eagles at the Gualala River. Ken Bailey photographed this one last week on Tuesday at the Gualala River.

One of the eagles likes to perch on a snag near the river mouth. You can see the snag from the north end of the Gualala Bluff Trail, behind Trink's Cafe.

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

This is the time of year we see salamanders and newts. Craig Tooley spotted this salamander, a Northwestern Salamander.

Craig said this salamander was hiding under a mushroom. It takes a good eye to see a creature as well camouflaged as this one is!

Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photo with  you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography here is the link to his website:

Cathleen is the owner of Coasting Home, a property  management company in Gualala. On this evening Cathleen was called out on a service call. This sunset at Green Cove was her reward.

Last night's sunset was beautiful too, but today we have a little smoke from the terrible fires in Southern California. We need to start our rain dances.

Thanks to Cathleen for allowing me to share her photo with you here. If you are looking for a Mendonoma vacation rental, here is her website: