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  •  I've been checking out my nearby bay (7+ / 0-)

    every day since I first saw buffleheads there a few days ago. A lot of birds congregate there, especially in winter. Yesterday 3 seals were fishing in a group, stirring things up, but they were not threatening the water birds swimming and diving around the same area. Lots of Red Breasted mergansers now, which are quite large birds, compared to the buffleheads and grebes. The gulls were wheeling and diving at the seals though. I could tell where the seals would come up that way.

    Seeing Woolly Bears crossing the road these days.

    Overcast today in the Salish Sea, PNW, but not foggy.

    •  I was thinking about the bird eating Harbor Seals (7+ / 0-)

      and wonder if that's a sign of some health problems that may affect how deep they can dive...other wise they would just be furred mammalian crocodiles...or surf zone Coyotes..and why not?

      from the nursery/rookery in Carpinteria...and babies!

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 04:44:32 PM PDT

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      •  The reports I've read about bird eating seals (6+ / 0-)

        suggest it's a prey issue, ie not enough fish, or during a certain season. Around here most of the fish I see are baitfish, sand lance and such, only a few inches big. However I followed some otters once over to the shore and found the remains of a foot-long rockfish one had caught and dropped there before scarpering up the bank, so I know there are bigger fish out there.

        These bays I'm observing at are pretty shallow, 20-30 feet at most.

        That incident the other day chasing grebes was really unusual. The way they were all fishing today is what I usually see. Could be the seal was just playing that day, toying with them.

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