Rich Trissel keeps a "yard list," a list of birds he sees in their yard north of Gualala. A few days ago he added a Rough-legged Hawk to his list. Nancy got the photo.
Here is what the Cornell Lab of Ornithology says about these autumn/winter visitors: "The Rough-legged Hawk spends the summer capturing lemmings on the arctic tundra, tending a cliffside nest under a sun that never sets. Winter is the time to see this large, open-country hawk in southern Canada and the U.S., where it may be perched on a pole or hovering over a marsh or pasture on the hunt for small rodents. Found globally across northern latitudes, this species occurs in both light and dark forms."
Nancy photographed a light form, adult Rough-legged Hawk.
To hear their calls, here is the link: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rough-legged_Hawk/sounds
Here is a close-up photo I found on the web, from the Audubon handbook.
I hope I get to see one of these magnificent hawks! The Trissels and I are neighbors, as the Raven flies!
Thanks to Nancy for allowing me to share her photo with you here.
Nancy Trissel was on a hike when she came across this endangered frog, the California Red-legged Frog, Rana draytonii.
This frog is only found in California and a small part of Baja California. They are in serious decline due to habitat loss but they can be seen here on the Mendonoma Coast. They lay their eggs in the upper reaches of the Gualala River.
Here is another photo of this frog, taken by Darrell Paige.
This frog is one of the many reasons we have to vigilant to make sure our watershed is protected from development.
Thanks to Nancy and Darrell for allowing me to share their photos with you here.
A light-colored Black Bear was seen near Hearn Gulch, then up on the Gualala Ridge and finally off of Fish Rock Road. The bear was foraging for food. When it visited Nancy and Rich Trissel off of Fish Rock Road, they got several photos. It was a foggy day so the photos aren't as clear as we'd like but they beat the one other photo sent to me. That photo was blurry because the photographer was so scared and excited.
Here are several photos Nancy took.
Nancy wrote, “The bear noshed for a good twenty minutes outside our back door. There was a splash of white, a crescent moon, on the bear’s chest. The face was dark, the shoulders and back were blond and the hind end darker. It was wonderful to see!”
Thanks to Nancy for allowing me to share her photos with you here and also thanks to Rozann Grunig who worked on the lighting of these photos to better show the bear.