We’re enjoying a snowday from home today. Snow on the beach is such a rarity on the Oregon Coast and I got to kinda see it once…at midnight…from a distance…lit by my camera flash…see here: Snow on Tillicum Beach
Today I’m enjoying it from up the Alsea River.
We had plans for going to Newport to volunteer at the Family History Center and then do our weekly grocery shopping. But caution prevails today.
Some don’t mind travelling on snow days but the duck route isn’t any different than any other day on the river.
Most of the snow fell before the tide started going out this morning.
Salmonberries first gathered weeds from the high river last month and now snow.
The otter family can be quiet when they want to. This family has 4 kits. The fourth is up in the grass outside the picture frame.
They were swimming downriver when the one in the video below saw a mudcat (sculpin) that it decided to have for lunch. I was surprised at how long he kept after that fish until he caught it. Based on the otter’s moves, that sculpin was pretty experienced at evading danger!
Kudos to this mama merganser! I counted at least 16 babies with her. I can’t imagine keeping up with this many kids at once. I’ve seen the Common Merganser mom defending her chicks though. She is not to be reckond with!
They all gather when she gives a soft quack.
And she does it all with style; not a hair out of place. 🙂
The ducklings were having trouble fighting the current in the fast water so Mama took them across the rocks – in single file.