New life is just a miracle to me. I get excited when I see a newborn pup still having the umbilical cord because it tells me how new the newborn is. The pups lose their umbilical cord at about 10 days old.
I just want to lay down and take a nap with them. 🙂
There are signs of spring everywhere on the Oregon Coast. See the 2 grey dots between the one elk’s ears? That’s the bull who recently shed his antlers. I think the bulls lose their antlers just before birthing season so they can get in touch with their feminine side. They’re a little more humble without antlers. 🙂
The Canada Geese are pairing up and building their nests. You can see them on the Alsea Bay and up the river. Eckman Lake is a good place to see a lot of them on their nests.
The brown pelicans have been here for over a month now. These were in Yachats. Seagulls are here year-round.
This is looking at Waldport from the beautiful arch on the Alsea Bay Bridge. It’s my favorite place to look for seal pups.
It’s common to see Pelagic Cormorants diving in the bay and coming up with nesting material. They make nests under the bridge out of sight of all but the boaters.
There are wall-to-wall harbor seals but I didn’t see any babies on this day (Apr 10, ’15). Seals are able to delay implantation after their egg is fertilized. Now, how does their body know, 9 months ahead, when will be the best conditions for giving birth? I have a lot of questions when I get to heaven! 🙂
These seals were finished with their nap and were crabbing near the base of the bridge.
I guess even sea lions get cabin fever now and then. Give them blue sky and calm seas and you may see them outside of Sea Lion Caves; north of Florence, Oregon, on Highway 101. Just north of the caves there is a pullout; the vantage point for the “most photographed lighthouse on the Oregon Coast”. The lighthouse keeper’s house is a bed and breakfast: Heceta Head Lighthouse
Park your car, get out and listen. If you can hear the sea lions barking, look over the rock wall to the cliffs below. These are a mix of California and Stellar Sea Lions.
They complain a lot but they like to snuggle.
On the other side of the cliff, closer to the caves, another group of sea lions climb the steep cliff; hugging the side to get to the top.
Diving ducks play peek-a-boo – or maybe they’re just feeding? Regardless, one second they are there and the next they are gone.
But they are interesting to watch – how long they can stay under, how far they swim before coming back to the surface, do they have anything in their mouth when they surface, how they interact with other birds and animals nearby, etc
When the sun is right you can see a green tint to the male merganser’s head. His red bill makes him a little Christmasy. 🙂