The chicks in the other two Peregrine Falcon nests, one with two chicks and the other with four chicks, have fledged. But a new nest was discovered recently and the chicks are at least three weeks younger than the ones that just fledged. There are two chicks in this newly discovered nest and Michael Beattie was invited to come by and photograph them.
Here the two chicks obviously are anxious to be fed.
The adult Peregrines have been taking nearly all of this year's Western Gull chicks to feed their young. It's a rough time for smaller birds with these predators in town.
Thanks to Michael for allowing me to share his photos with you here.
Rich Kuehn heard and then spotted a nest of Peregrine Falcons. While he watched the two chicks fledged. He snapped several photos. An adult sits on a rock with one of its chicks in the first photo and the fledging birds are seen in the second.
In the next photo, Linda Bostwick photographed a young Red-tailed Hawk that landed near her home in Point Arena. Yes, this is the time of year when hawks are fledging.
It's always exciting to see birds of prey and we're happy two Peregrine chicks, along with the Red-tail, were successfully raised on the Mendocino Coast!
Thanks to Rich and Linda for allowing me to share their photos with you here.
Occasionally two Gray Whales can be seen mating off our coast. Larain Matheson was on a whale watching trip out of Fort Bragg. The two whales, assisted by one other whale, were mating quite close to the boat Larain was on.
Larain said it was quite rough on the ocean but she was thrilled to see this event.
The fences of the Rothschild Giraffes at the B. Bryan Preserve in Point Arena are tall, very tall. That didn't stop this Bobcat, as you will see from Judy Mello's photo.
That's one very determined Bobcat. The next day the Bobcat got inside the giraffe pasture and the youngest giraffe was seen chasing it. That Bobcat better watch out for the giraffe's hoofs.
Bobcats are suppose to be nocturnal but here on the Mendonoma Coast they are mostly seen in the daylight.
Thanks to Judy for allowing me to share her photo with you here. To learn more about the wildlife preserve in Point Arena, here's their link: http://www.bbryanpreserve.com/
Craig Tooley photographed more than just Gray Whales when he was up in an airplane last week. He photographed Hearn Gulch.
This is a new public access bluff and beach brought to us by the wonderful folks at Redwood Coast Land Conservancy. You can learn how they accomplished this acquisition and read about their other projects at this link: http://www.rc-lc.org/pages/proj-hearn.html To find this beach, park at mile marker 10.0 and hike north.
To see photos of a recent hike Rick and I took there, here's that link: http://www.mendonomasightings.com/2013/02/08/a-visit-to-hearn-gulch-is-always-a-treat/ The wave action there can be phenomenal.
And to see much more of Craig Tooley's photography, here is the link to his website: http://ruffimage.com/