the Zoo at the Beach

Nature and walking…. ahhhh it is so good for you. Get some exercise, therapy for your over active technology brain and open yourself to the worldwide zoo.

So… I went to the beach.  My beach to be exact where there is no one but me and the critters.

Top of my zoo list… can you guess?  CROWS

My Follower was back hovering as I wandered down the beach. He really just wants a peanut but I pretend he likes me. The truth is he is smarter than most and has me bamboozled.  Hah!! Crow Stalker is stalked.

My Follower – he never forgets me
Crows love the beach

Then there are the seagulls. They are just always there. I often talk smack about them but there are gull lovers out there and of course their mothers loved them at some time. I say that with a little humor cause if you have ever heard a baby gull cry for food, you will know the parents do practice tough love on their children. Feed them to a point and then do the shunning routine.

Gull trots along in surf

So.. here I am walking along the beach relishing in the waves and birds. The trail had lots of beauty to share in the madrona forest but the beach was the place to be.

Fall beauty on the trail
Madrona bark all copper and cream

I approached the built up area called a marine residence. Since this is a private beach for the community the owner family doesn’t seem to care that we all use their built up platform, tables and swing to enjoy the view and nature that abounds down here.

That was when I heard feet on a wooden floor. To my delight that pair of otters I encountered last week was up in the marine residence too. They had heard me crunching on the gravel beach approaching from the north. Off they went into the surf and watched me for a while before doing a little fishing.

River Otter pair scamper across beach
Otters float off into sound as they watch me.
Otter pair swim off to fish

My trip to the beach is never done until I walk down to the south end. There one can see a landslide in progress. In progress is an odd way of describing something that has been going on for 20 years or more. Today I discovered that a new chunk of trees and sand had slid down. The beach driftwood and bank was changed quite a bit by this newest slide. Yikes to live up at the top must be a nail bitter. They are betting that in their lifetime the bank will hold.

Landslide grew – all this tree debris is new
At the top there are houses there.

Time to go home and I turned around to the north. That was when I saw the kingfisher doing his hover over the sound. He flew down to what I call the nursery tree (the crows use it to teach their babies about the beach and life).

Kingfisher perches on tree watching for a snack

Not only was there wildlife on the beach but also a veiew of the marine traffic. Today it was a barge over flowing with recycling or is it garbage? Not the usual cleaner looking container ships that I see. Check it out.

Tug pulling barge full of recycling
Tug pulling overflowing barge.
What is this barge full of?

Then as I turned north I saw them. The otters were coming back up on the beach to eat their fish. This pair must be staking out some new territory. Are they going to build a den around the marine residence? Remember their host family over on Seola Drive have tried to bar them out. They must have finally said OUT!!  You STINK too MUCH!!

Otter eats fish on beach

The pair kept going in and out of the water. They liked the spot where one ate the fish and in this video check that place out before heading into the driftwood.

I am going to leave you with one more zoo activity…. walking on logs. These two river otters proceed to use the driftwood to scamper up towards the marine residence.  Talk about clever.

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