~ Beach Walk Sights ~ WPC: Liquid ~

Weather and tide shape the landscape of every walk I take along the beach. Birds, folks, critters and flotsam observed along the way add context and generate questions about the ever-changing scene.

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“By-the-wind sailors”  Velella velella (see description below)

Over the past year my understanding and appreciation of migratory and resident birds that spend part of their life-cycle here has steadily grown.

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Northern Harrier

Though sometimes not in crisp focus due to movement and distance, these photos are a small gallery of some of the birds I’ve observed this past week at Long Beach.

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Breeding Western Gull

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Immature Brown Pelicans

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Juvenile Bald Eagle

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Mature Bald Eagle calling

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Adult non-breeding Sanderling

I remain in absolute awe of nature on this lovely little planet Earth. Please do your part to protect and defend her!

“Velella velella – this hydroid polyp remains afloat on the suface of the Pacific Ocean for most of its life. It never touches or even comes close to the ocean bottom, and the only stage in its life when it is completely submerged under water is the larval stage. The Velella velella begins its life in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, is brought by the wind to the shores, and is usually cast up on a beach where it dies and disentegrates. The Velella are most common on the high seas, in the warmer regions of the Southern and Northern Hemispheres.  (Russell-Hunter 1979)(Ricketts, et al 1997)” Animal Diversity Web (ADW)

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~ Along The Marsh Trail ~

There isn’t nearly as much marsh in front of The Breakers at Long Beach, WA – USA this year as last, and what remains is shrinking to meadow daily.

Still, Mallards are raising their chicks in what water there is!

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Red-winged Blackbirds call from around the meadow. This one has established his territory, sounding his warning  from the branches of this shrub every time I’m out.

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Although common in marshy meadows, this is the first time I’ve photographed and identified a Savannah Sparrow.

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~ Tide Washed ~ Wordless Wednesday + WPC: Liquid ~

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~ Raspberry Blossoms and Bombus ~

 

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Raspberry canes are in bloom and with the warm dry weather are attracting all sorts of pollinators.

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This Bombus caught my eye and stayed around long enough for me to get my iPhone and snap these shots.

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Since I don’t know what variety of Bombus it is, I’ve now signed onto another citizen science project: Bumble Bee Watch!

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https://www.bumblebeewatch.org

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~ In My Shady Garden ~ Wordless Wednesday ~

 

 

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~ Hornet’s Nest? ~ WPC: Unlikely ~

While walking with Jello on a wooded trail in our neighborhood, I stepped over this strange looking outgrowth. I leaned in closer to take a picture and was soon threatened by one of the hornets that were working the outgrowth.

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I don’t know what it is – or if it’s a hornet – though it likely is. I sent these photos to the local Agricultural Extension Service asking for assistance identifying it and to find out if it’s a nuisance pest.

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One thing I’m sure of, I’m unlikely to take that trail again until I know it is safe!

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~ Frosted Violet ~ Wordless Wednesday ~

 

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Huechera ‘Frosted Violet’

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