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.
The bears are going to be happy this fall! We’ve got lots of apple blossoms.
The wood ducks made an appearance this afternoon. It looks like the male on the left is a young one just coming into his breeding colors. Maybe still living with Mom and Dad until he gets through this awkward stage?
The hen stayed closer to the larger male so I’m guessing they are a couple.
We thought we’d see a lot of birds today on the Yaquina Bay south jetty but we were a little disappointed. There were a few seals up close and some Surf Scoters in the distance. Then this cute little Harlequin duck couple paddled by.