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.
If you’ve ever been 9 months pregnant, I’m sure you can relate to this mama seal. She just cooled off in the Alsea Bay and now she’s warming up in the sun.
I saw lots of new seal pups last Friday. A lot of them were out of good range for my zoom lens. An eagle came and sat on the beach for quite a while too.
There were 3 or 4 pups close to the bridge. They usually stick close to their moms. Although I saw one swimming alone and wanted to warn him of the dangers. When they swim with their moms, they nuzzle up to their moms often. It reminds me of seeing young children in a grocery store with their moms; hanging onto her clothes or her leg. When the seals are floating on the surface, the moms often tilt their head back. I’ve seen them do it even when they are alone. But when they have a pup, her baby kisses her nose.
Seals are much more comfortable moving in the water than on land. Sea Lions can use their hind flippers to help move them on land but seals cannot. This pup looked like he felt so free being in the water. Click on the photo to enlarge it and you can see its umbilical cord! One source says this indicates the pup is less than 10 days old.
I heard it was pupping season on the Central Oregon Coast so I went out on the Alsea Bay Bridge to take some pix. Apparently this pod of seals give birth later in the spring than some other pods because I did not see any suckling pups. They are weaned at about 4 weeks old and I noticed that I took those pix the first week in June last year. So, that means the pups are born in late April or early May. An indicator that seals are being born is the increase on vultures and eagles flying overhead.
Every now and then we have to have a picnic at the South Jetty of Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon. We picked up a sandwich and drink at Walmart along with the other groceries.
We just pick a spot near one of the jetties to watch the boats, seals and birds. This was yesterday, Nov 13th. There was a 12 foot change in the tide; which is a big change for this part of the Oregon coast. High tide was about 11am at 10 feet. Low tide will be about 5:45 at -2 feet.
This is the same spot (and some of the same seals) an hour later. It’s fun to see how fast the level drops. We watched a boat coming in that was hardly moving at all but sounded like the engine was almost maxed out. It was really fighting the tide.
The seals were pretty active. They’d lay on the surface and slap the water a few times. Then they’d jump up out of the water and dive. Is this the breeding season?
Some of the diving birds were pretty active too. I keep thinking this is a loon, but haven’t looked it up yet.
I don’t know if this is a fishing boat or shrimp boat but there are huge nets in that big boat!