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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Small craft advisory


Northwest winds were blowing ~30 mph (~25 knots) with gusts to ~40 mph (~35 knots) in Bodega Bay this afternoon.  Hold on!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Little marbles on the sand

 
Comb jellies (ctenophores) have been washing up on local beaches lately.  Perhaps you've seen them?  They look like little glass marbles on the sand.  Each one is ~10-15 mm across.

This species, Pleurobrachia bachei, is often called a Sea Gooseberry.  I've written about them before, but it's been a while.  To see what these comb jellies look like when they're swimming, and to learn more about them in general, check out these posts:

"Sticky side arms" on 15 July 2013 

"A two gooseberry day" on 19 February 2012

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Coppery

I was watching this Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) when it flew in and landed fairly close to me:



With a slight turn, the gorget (throat feathers) lit up:



And check out this gorgeous color when it turned head-on:



I loved seeing the color variations across the gorget:



 One more view:


I was very grateful for a few minutes with this beautiful little hummingbird in the Bodega Dunes.
 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Low-flying



Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus

Female (above) and male (below).




And one more of the male, hovering:



Photographed on Bodega Head, 13 February 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Just for you



Calandrinia menziesii (formerly Calandrinia ciliata)
photographed on Bodega Head on 13 February 2018


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  Happy Valentine's Day!  
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Dense little clubs


Pycnoclavella is one of my favorite tunicates (sea squirts).  This photo gives you a feel for how it grows in dense colonies.  (But remember, each one is only a few millimeters high!)

I first introduced this species ~6 years ago, so for more information, see the post called "The tiny tunicate, Pycnoclavella" on 17 February 2012.

P.S.   I think Pycnoclavella means "dense little clubs."  It's an appropriate name!
 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Morning meeting


Great Egrets (Ardea alba) and Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula) getting ready for the day.  Photographed in Bodega Harbor on 8 February 2018.