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  •  There was no sign of a carcass. (11+ / 0-)

    And as you say, why would an eagle be there, unless it was going for something. If the something had been picked up whole....  You have both birds where you are. I've never heard of it, but have you ever seen or heard of an eagle going for a heron? One issue for an eagle taking off with something is the weight limit. I have frequently seen eagles flying up from road kill, and it's never holding a big piece. They have enough trouble just lifting their own weight from a standing position.

    I too see herons striding around routinely, leaving trails of tracks like in that MacKaye Hbr pic.

    •  harbor seal nursery has attendant Turkey Vultures (5+ / 0-)

      here, and a steady supply of fatally injured adult seals  and the why ever dead babies to dispose of. Probably several causes for the baby deaths there, including being crushed by the adult's sparring which can be quite vigorous.
        I mentioned before about seeing the babies all rush to the water at once, that was like watching noon recess....Babies humping across the sand at high speed like elliptical caterpillars or slugs.
        Adults may go about 4hps, but the babies are up to about 6-8hps.

      And Ravens.

      Some of the Turkey Vultures were elsewhere walking on the beach far from the carcasses. Could be...could be

      Another odd track, not these I'm sure, but odd would be Cormorants, which I just saw on the sandbar at Goleta below their rookery trees, hanging with the gulls and shorebirds. Next time I will try to get pictures of that...I bet the slough has breached, it was almost full, and what redblooded 12 year old wouldn't drag a stick across and watch it go. I know I have...:>...I mean :<

      And the Invisible Ibis...or is it Ibiii?

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      by KenBee on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 01:20:10 PM PDT

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      •  I saw turkey vultures face off (4+ / 0-)

        against eagles over a carcass last summer on a beach, not this one (wish I'd had my camera...such moments are why I carry one pretty much any time I go out these days, you never know). Maybe it's because there were a lot of vultures, but the several eagles stood back and watched, and eventually left. Vultures have a ...presence.

        What is hps? hands per second?

        I don't think I've ever seen cormorants walking on these beaches. There are plenty of them but they are either swimming or perched on pilings, buoys, dock, rocks, etc. Maybe too close to traffic. They are skittish. Except for the ones on the ferry piers. I would love to see tracks of them.

    •  here's another possibilty: Caracara (4+ / 0-)

      there was a Crested Caracara my brother spotted harvesting a roadkill deer along with his cousin TV's Monterrey about 5 years ago...

      later he was seen and hung out in norcal along the coast in Humboldt and Crescent City area.

      Don't keep up on Oregon birds, but maybe...they stalk around carcasses and have big sharp feet.

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      by KenBee on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 04:16:09 PM PDT

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      •  I just looked up Caracara. What a cool bird. (3+ / 0-)
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        Wild face color, especially the juvenile, purple and blue. That's the Northern Car. According to birdweb, which is the authority on sightings in Washington state, 2 wild caracaras have been confirmed seen here in the last 15 years, both on the open ocean coast, so nowhere near here, in the Salish Sea. That would be consistent with the Humboldt coast sightings of your bro, on the ocean. Birdweb says they have long legs and like to walk and run, unlike most falcons, which would certainly leave tracks. Would be awesome to see.

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