May 25, 2015
Aren’t these little Hooded Merganser chicks the cutest!
Stick with mom!
The chicks seem to panic a little until mom resurfaces.
Where’d she go?!
She’s fishing for 6 now so the Hoody mom makes her dive count. She comes up with a crawdad!
Mom’s got a crawdad for dinner!
Watch the video of the Hooded Merganser mom with her 5 chicks in tidewater of the Alsea River:
May 22, 2015
The sandbar east of the Alsea Bay Bridge is a nursery for Harbor Seals this month. The eagles and buzzards hang around a lot this time of year.
Lots of harbor seal pups are born on the central Oregon Coast around Mother’s Day
Pups nurse for 4 weeks on mom’s rich milk.
This one needs a bib
Pups learn their mothers voice. Nap time is snuggle time.
Mom and pup nuzzle while napping
Seal puppy kisses :-)
Sweet puppy kisses
The pups lose their umbilical cord after about a week. You can see this one’s bellybutton scar.
Pink bellybutton scar on seal pup
Here’s a cute video of mom and pup swimming and playing in the Alsea Bay.