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Her boyfriend's back and there's gonna be trouble!
Rufous Hummingbirds are the nimblest and feistiest of the hummingbirds and they're migrating northward right now. The males arrive first to get the good breeding territories and we've been seeing them chasing the Anna's Hummingbirds away from our feeders for a couple of weeks now. Those poor Anna's are busy with their nesting and they sure don't need the hassles! The first Rufous females are just arriving, and I'm sure most of them are just passing through, too. But if you've got good breeding habitat in your yard or in your neighborhood, maybe one will choose to stay.
Spring migration of Gray Whales
Waiting for puffins
This time of year is a waiting time. Waiting for hummingbirds, waiting for whales, waiting for puffins, waiting for all the other birds of spring. It seems like they'll never arrive. But they will, and the next excitement will happen when the Tufted Puffins return to Haystack Rock. That should be around April 1st - very soon now. They are definitely worth a trip over here to see, so read about them on our Tufted Puffin page and be ready.
Please read this!
We have a lot of elk here on the coast so don't go speeding around like you are on a freeway! These huge animals absorb light and are very hard to see if they are on the road at night - and they will really mess up your car and your vacation if you hit one. An adult bull elk can stand five feet tall at the shoulder and weigh as much as 1000 pounds. So please drive carefully, especially at night. Deer aren't so large, but there are a lot more of them, so please be careful. I know, I keep harping and harping at it, but until you've seen the damage these animals can inflict upon a car and its occupants, and the damage a car can inflict upon them, you probably just have no idea. Take it easy - the life you save may be your own, or a deer or elk or raccoon or black bear or...
Many other birds and animals will show up from time to time. Stop in at the store when you are in town and ask us what we've seen lately. We do our best to know who is around at the time and we'll be happy to point you in the right direction.
Sightings - Reports of interesting birds or animals.
Birding at the Beach - Maps guide you to the best spots.
Information provided by our friends at The Wild Bird Shop
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