Great Blue Fishing on a Windy Day

The great blue heron is almost my favorite bird to watch. One crisp, windy day last spring, I was lucky to observe this great bird busily fishing. The tide was out, leaving small rivulets on a little island in the middle of the Elk River slough.  My small camera handled the considerable distance by giving the photos…

Mrs Humboldt Eagle Thwarts Pesky Raven

Spring arrives tomorrow (March 20, 2014).  For the past month or so, the Humboldt eagles (locally dubbed Mr and Mrs) have been renovating and beautifying their nest in preparation for this year’s eaglet(s).  The nest now has a beautiful shape and is well padded with fresh green fir boughs and lichen.  When it is time…

The Eagles Indeed are Returning

To continue this story about eagles, we must look back to winter solstice – that time in December (about the 21st)  when my little part of the earth reaches its farthest distance from the sun and begins its journey back toward that magnificent orb.  On the longest day (in June), the process reverses and six…

Bald Eagle Nesting Begins in February

In a few days, it will be the ides of February and the month will be just about half gone.  Even in this year of drought, February is living up to its reputation for causing emotional confusion.  For many months, it hasn’t rained enough to amount to anything.  But inevitably the calendar turns to February and…