Seen perching on the same beam for about ten minutes at the protected inlet by Lucas Wharf restaurant.
Seen as a dominant shrub in the ridgeline coastal scrub habitat here.
This willow was presenting its upright catkins along with leaf bud eruption. The tree is about five meters high and a favorite perching place for a scrub jay in the neighborhood.
Found on intertidal sands in the southwest portion of the cove.
This immature gull was perching on a large box at the Lucas Wharf restaurant enclosed harbor. The immature L. livens has pinkish, not yellow, legs.
Seen at clifftop level.
This specimen was observed on the intertidal sands near the discharge of Scotty Creek to the Pacific Ocean. This species was an important element of the diet for coastal Native Americans thousands of years ago. Note the presence of radial and circumferential ribs, a diagnostic that differentiates this mussel from M. edulis.
Found in the intertidal zone on coarse sands near the outflow of Scotty Creek.
Seen growing on rocks in the intertidal zone in the southwestern part of Campbell Cove.
Seen empty on a beach immediately south of Gleason Beach in the intertidal zone. Note the minute boring holes where this mussel was attacked by another creature.
Seen growing on the sandy backshore, this beach plant was introduced from Europe, and is now widespread on USA backshores.
Seen perching on a beam at Lucas Wharf restaurant at a protected area.
A number of these distinctive white barnacles were seen at low tide attached to rocks in the intertidal zone. Each barnacle resembles a small thatched hut measuring about two cm high.
These wading birds were seen feeding at water edge. This species is known to aggregate in small groups during the winter migration. These birds number a dozen, and they are probably moving north after a mid-winter in Baja. This species is known specifically to stop over in Bodega Bay in its winter migration.
This False sandalwood tree is one of a number of such species seen thriving around the parking area of Westside Regional Park. Most of the trees are about six to nine meters high. I estimate the few older trees were planted from one gallon containers about 1980. In that era, developers and government agencies had learned that this tree grows well in the Northern California coastal zone and overplanted the species, which has become naturalized in some of these areas. The species is endemic to Hawaii and the Cook Islands.
Seen swimming in a protected area at Lucas Wharf restaurant.
This substantial expansive colony of Gazania plants is in flower. They seem to be a naturalized colony, which began with a small planting and are now essentially in a self-sustaining mode. The genus itself is alien to California, being endemic to southern Africa.
Seen swimming in a protected marine area at Lucas Wharf Restaurant.
Firmly attached to a tree branch. Characteristic size is about six cm for this specimen.
Growing immediately above the backshore at Campbell Cove. Flower heads are about 2.5 cm across. Note the toothed leaf margin, which is diagnostic of the species and separate it from other Grindelia species.
This jelly was washed up on the intertidal sands very near the present wateline. The diameter of this specimen, who was quite alive, is about three cm. Note that the jelly is quite transparent through most of its bell.
Found on the intertidal sands, this specimen measures about five cm in width. The concentric ridges are quite subtle. The common name for this shell is the Bodega Tellin, even though its range is far wider than Bodega Bay.
Seen floating on the water in Campbell Cove about 15 meters from the shoreline.
This Beach strawberry is well known to Bodega Head, especially in the near-shore zone. This specimen was seen growing in its usual low form in the bluff sands very close to and above the backshore in a sunny exposure.
This low growing Rubus species was seen just above the backshore at Campbell Cove. The specimen was very prickly, featuring numerous uneven size prickles along the stem.
This specimen claw was seen on the upper intertidal sands of Campbell Cove. This claw of my specimen would measure about 12 cm if fully extended. According to some sources, this crab species accounts for 99 percent of crab harvested commercially in North America. This claw demonstrates the likelihood that creatures other than man prey upon large crab species.
Seen growing at the backshore upper edge on a low sandy bluff at Campbell Cove. The grass specimen here measures about 30 cm in height. The plant is quite desiccated from lack of seasonal rain.
This low growing plant was seen near Campbell Cove of Bodega Bay. It was spreading by runners at the backshore upper edge. This is a characteristic coastal plant of Sonoma County. Its pinnate leaflets measure about three cm for this specimen.
Seen growing on the backshore sandy cliff near Campbell Cove of Bodega Bay. This tree had a lateral sprawling growth form with a trunk height (dbh) of about 15 cm. The trunk and bark were rather glabrous. Lateral spread of this specimen was about six meters, although the tree barely reached three meters is height above the surface. Leaves slightly serrate and around six cm long, judging from fallen dry specimens. New leaf buds appearing, but no catkins yet. This species is one of only three willows known at Bodega Head.