John Batchelder photographed a beautiful Ferruginous Hawk during the Sea Ranch annual Christmas bird count. We only see this large hawk in the wintertime. John told me this hawk wasn't squawking at him; it was yawning.

It's funny, but I've never thought of a bird yawning! John also photographed the hawk soaring seemingly effortlessly through the sky.

This is a light-morph Ferruginous Hawk due to the white underparts you can clearly see in the second photo. Their call is more of a scream and you can listen to it here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ferruginous_Hawk/sounds

Thanks to John for allowing me to share his photos with us here.

 

A big storm drenched the Mendonoma coast yesterday, and blustery showers continue today. Craig Tooley photographed the dramatic scene.

Rick and I received 3.90 inches of rain from the main storm. We also found our first Candy Cap and Hedgehog mushrooms this morning, two of our favorites! Many more mushrooms to come in the days ahead.

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: www.ruffimage.com

Satori Ivy captured this photo of the Point Arena Lighthouse. Holiday lights, wrapped around the Tower, are reflected in the Pacific Ocean - just beautiful.

I thank Satori for allowing me to share his photo with you here.

To learn more about our favorite lighthouse, and the accommodations available, here is the link: http://pointarenalighthouse.com/

Grace O'Malley photographed this Song Sparrow perched on a rock, singing.

We had warm, dry weather for December. Perhaps this sparrow thought it was spring and time to sing for a mate! He will be hunkered down today as we have some much needed rain.

These sparrows have a sweet call, which you can listen to at this site: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Song_Sparrow/sounds

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

After a very dry December, we are looking forward to some wet stuff - rain! With the rain, we hope the coast's seasonal creeks will come back to life and bring us sightings of waterfalls.

In late November, Amy Ruegg photographed this waterfall at Stengel Beach, one of the public access trails on The Sea Ranch.

We will also be watching to see when the Gualala River will breach the sandbar that currently is blocking most of the river from entering the Pacific Ocean. The best place to witness this exciting event is from the Gualala Bluff Trail.

And we will be looking for more mushrooms to appear. Winter is a fun and interesting time to be on the Mendonoma coast.

Thanks to Amy for allowing me to share her photo here.