Sightings

NOAA conducted a deep sea corals cruise in 2015. They found a new coral species.

It was named Swiftia faralloneseca, a gorgonian. It was found at "The Football," an oval-shaped area north of Bodega Canyon and west of Salmon Creek.

NOAA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, studies our oceans, among many other things. NOAA's National Weather Service monitors storms, droughts, and all things to do with the atmosphere. At NOAA, science matters.

Every now and then we see The Fulmar, their research vessel off our coast. Here's a look at the Fulmar, photo by Jamie Hall.

Thanks to NOAA's Mary Jane Schramm and Jamie Hall for allowing me to share these photos with you here. To learn much more about NOAA, here is their website: http://www.noaa.gov/

Craig Tooley photographed the Peregrine Falcon nest with two chicks. In Craig's first photo, the adult Peregrine has just finished feeding the chicks and is flying away.

Here one of the Peregrine Falcon chicks is exercising his or her wings. It won't be too long before they fledge. These photos were taken over a week ago.

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

It really cooled off on the coast today...thank goodness!

Harm Wilkinson was sure surprised to see this Acorn Woodpecker imitating a hummingbird at his sugar-water feeder.

Harm said the woodpecker drained the hummingbird feeder.

Here's a close-up of a male Acorn Woodpecker on the left (notice the red on his head goes all the way to the white on his face) and a female (she has black between the white on her face and the red on top of her head) at a seed feeder. This photo was taken by Jim Garlock.

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Thanks to Harm and Jim for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

Esther Shain recently photographed a Wild Turkey mother with her three chicks.

I think the chicks are cute. Hope you agree!

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

After an absolutely scorching day yesterday, where it was near 80 right at the ocean, and 96 degrees at our place in Anchor Bay, the fog has developed over the ocean and cooled us off some. Thank goodness for our fog air conditioning, because it's the only air conditioning we have! Down 16 degrees today.

Bill Oxford used his drone to photograph the estuary of the Gualala River. This is what he found - several wooden structures in the riverbed.

Bill wondered if these structures were part of the old mill at the site we call Mill Bend. Here is a photo of the old mill.

Harry Lindstrom knew what they were. He wrote, "These are remnants of old log cribs. If you are kayaking, you might mistake these old remnants for trees, or you may not even pay attention to them if the water is deep enough. Most of them are stuck in the mud, pointing out at an angle. The lumber mill at Mill Bend was not pushed into the river; it burned in 1906." Harry sent along these photos showing the remnants:

Wayne Harris, owner of Adventures Rents, the kayaking company on the Gualala River, also knew what they were. He wrote, "Bill's photo shows some of the cribs that were built to contain the floating logs. There are four or five areas in the estuary where one can still see them. They were logs pinned together with stakes to create a dock-like structure to hold back the floating timber."

So there you go - a little bit of history still evident in the Gualala River.

Thanks to Bill and Harry for allowing me to share their photos with you here. To learn more about kayaking on the Gualala River, here is the link to Adventure Rents: http://www.adventurerents.com/