Wildlife Watch

January
Eagles
Sea Lions
Seals
Ducks
Loons
Deer
Cormorants

February
Sea Lions
Loons
Seals
Eagles
Ducks
Deer
Great Blue Herons
Cormorants

March
Bunnies galore
Ducks
Loons
Great Blue Herons
Sea Lions
Herring
Sea Lions fishing for herring!
Orcas fishing for sea lions
Eagles
Cormorants

April
More bunnies!
Sea Lions
Eagles
Great Blue Herons
Loons
Seals mating

May
Purple Martins
Eagles
Immature Eagles
Eagle hunting class
Great Blue Heron
Bunnies
Deer

June
Kingfishers
Great Blue Heron
Purple Martins
4 Orcas breaching
Seals hiding from the Orcas
July
Seals
Purple Martins
Great Blue Herons
Eagles
Deer with fawns
Bunnies
Raccoons
Ravens
August
Purple Martins (lots of youngsters)
Seals catching salmon right out front
Deer
Bunnies
Eagles
Turkey Vultures
Ravens
Otters
Seal Moms & Pups

September
Bears
Deer
Seals
Great Blue Herons
Ducks

Wildlife Photos

Wildlife Photos

There is always something happening so we keep our cameras within reach. Every photo was taken from a window or from just outside the house.

 

Notable ‘regulars’ include Harry & Helen the bald eagles, Monty the Great Blue Heron, and the Brady Bunch – a family of 8 otters who occasionally storm the swim float. Larry the seal catches salmon directly out front. The (as yet un-named) extended family of Purple Martins that originally established the only known natural nest (in the pilings out front) in North America now have a choice of accommodations including supplied purple martin houses. Kingfishers, Eagles, Gulls and Herons occasionally cause a scramble when they land on the pilings.

In the winter cormorants, with drying wings outstretched, dominate the pilings while the enormous Sea Lions can be seen plowing past through the water and during the herring run they can be heard bellowing on the log booms to the south. In Spring, dozens of hummingbirds fight for nectar at the feeders while Bald Eagles eye up the bunnies on the lawn and deer eat the new shoots and occasionally pee on the beach.

In Spring 2013, about a dozen of the gigantic sea lions did some ‘team hunting’ for herring perhaps 20 feet from the boat ramp. We’ve already had a pod of 4 Orca whales pass by on their way north.  These frisky whales breached about a dozen times and did some great tail-slapping, while half a dozen seals very quietly moved into shallow water, prepared to haul out onto our lawn if the Orcas came near.