The Brandts Cormorants and Common Murre are starting to nest on the cliffs.
The male displays his pretty blue neck by tilting his head all the way back to touch his tail feathers and he raises his elbows like a human imitating a chicken.
Hint: Look in a nest in the lower left-hand corner for the egg. This is part of a new marine reserve now. A volunteer was observing and counting the cormorants here and at the site next to Heceta Head Lighthouse.
We didn’t see any eggs with the murres.
We even got a nice fly-by from a flock of pelicans!
All the other sea lions must be in the cave. He must need some peace and quiet.
A road crew is doing maintenance on the bridge just north of the tunnel at Heceta Head Lighthouse. One lane is open. Expect delays. They do a pretty good job letting traffic through. I’m not sure if they’ll continue through the weekend or not.
We’re supposed to get a bit of a drizzle in the morning but it should clear up for us to see the meteor shower Friday night/Saturday morning.
My contacts are catching up with their email after their Christmas and New Year vacations. So here’s the info on the Stellar Sea Lions we saw 4 days before Christmas 2013. We stopped at the turnout on Hwy 101, just north of Sea Lion Caves, overlooking Heceta Head Lighthouse. Branding helps monitor the travel and health of these beautiful marine mammals.
You may have to click on the photo to enlarge it to see the brand on the sea lion in the top center of the photo.
This is a male, branded as a pup, on Rogue Reef on July 17, 2013. This is the first resight. Rogue Reef is off Gold Beach in southern Oregon between Port Orford and Brookings. It is an important habitat for these Stellar Sea lions.
Sea Lion #364Y, a male, was also branded at Rogue Reef on July 17, 2013. This is also the first resight of him.
The big one, 440R, is a female who was branded on July 18, 2005 at Rogue Reef. She has only been sighted at Rogue Reef and Sea Lion Caves. She has been sighted every year except 2012. This was the first resight of 2013.