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  •  That's an unmistakeable Osprey profile, great shot (11+ / 0-)

    They use the same nests, adding to them, year after year. it's interesting that someone put the traffic cone--Caution!-- up there to give pause to anyone climbing around.

    Great batty diary, OD. I have lived among bats only twice that I know of, in Mill Valley, CA, where they used to come out in Doyle Park every evening, and in my own backyard in east Santa Rosa, CA, where I could count on seeing them if I sat out in the yard right around dusk, when the bugs came out. Flitting is the right word.

    It didn't get above 55F here in Eureka, CA until nearly 1 p.m. PDT today. Pea soup fog rolled in last night, and it's still cloudy out there right now. Cool, but nice, though.

    W. H. Auden: "We must love one another or die."

    by martyc35 on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 01:46:50 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks marty. And for the osprey ID. (10+ / 0-)

      The white on the head looked like that but I couldn't tell whether it was black or shade, the rest. I know ospreys like nesting on structures out in the open.

      You've been getting a lot of fog lately. is that typical? Our fog starts in earnest later in the summer, though we get some now and then throughout summer. On the ferry a couple of days ago we were in pea soup fog, and there was a staff person standing on the bow looking for recreational boats in the way, pointing to them when she saw them, so the captain upstairs could honk or veer if necessary. We were traveling at a crawl. Then all of a sudden it cleared up. Really variable around here.

      •  A screen capture of an osprey on the nest. (9+ / 0-)

        It's the shape of the head. In many pics, the bird looks like it has a white head and black body, but they are actually brown, and the head has some black/brown markings on top. This one was on the nest at Hailuoto, Finland.

        Our fog comes in July and hangs about until the end of August, much like San Francisco, where Mark Twain experienced his coldest winter one August.

        W. H. Auden: "We must love one another or die."

        by martyc35 on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 06:36:41 PM PDT

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