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mossy

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December 12, 2013

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mossy

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December 15, 2014

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My first time finding this granite lover.

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mossy

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December 15, 2014

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It was underwater but only temporarily I think.

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Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius

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wendy5

Date

December 5, 2014

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Four Varied Thrush were foraging with some Dark-eyed Juncos outside my house. I'd never photographed a Varied Thrush before.

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wendy5

Date

December 3, 2014

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I'm not sure if this is seaweed or some type of hydroid or something else entirely. It was growing off the edge of the dock at the marina and was about 4" long, a dark olive green.

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wendy5

Date

December 3, 2014

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Here's a 3" Botrylloides violaceus or Lined Compound Ascidian colony in beautiful shades of orange and yellow. It was growing on the dock at the marina under a few inches of water.

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wendy5

Date

December 3, 2014

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Here are several lovely Metridium senile or Short Plumose Anemones growing on a pipe on the edge of the dock at the marina. The largest is just a couple of inches tall.

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river otter Lontra canadensis

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wendy5

Date

December 3, 2014

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Here are two photos of River Otters swimming around the marina and eating small soles or flounders. It's tricky for them to eat these bony fish without using their paws. They have to get out onto the dock and gulp the fish down in stages. One photo shows three otters on the dock and one tail as the fourth otter has plunged underwater.

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wendy5

Date

December 3, 2014

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This is Chondracanthus exasperatus or Turkish Towel and its holdfast attached to a small stone on the beach. Each frond was about a foot long.

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wendy5

Date

December 3, 2014

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Here is the beautiful Saccharina latissima or Sugar Wrack Kelp and its holdfast attached to a stone. I found it on the sandy beach.

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American Wigeon Anas americana

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wendy5

Date

November 30, 2014

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There were a few American Wigeons with other ducks on this lagoon called Chinese Gardens.

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Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus

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wendy5

Date

November 30, 2014

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A small flock of Hooded Mergansers were hanging out on this lagoon called Chinese Gardens today, not far from several other ducks.

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Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata

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wendy5

Date

November 30, 2014

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About a dozen Northern Shovelers were hanging out on and beside this lagoon today along with Mallards, American Wigeons, and Hooded Mergansers.

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Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani

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wendy5

Date

November 30, 2014

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Three Black Oystercatchers arrived on the beach at low tide as the sun was going down.

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Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola

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wendy5

Date

November 30, 2014

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This was the only Black-bellied Plover I noticed on the beach today.

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wendy5

Date

November 30, 2014

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Here are two photos of Cyanea capillata or Lion's Mane jellies. After not seeing any on the beaches for a couple of months, today I found six dead ones on the beach. One photo shows a dead or dying Cyanea capillata still in the water. Each was about a foot across.

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Fucus gardneri Fucus distichus

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wendy5

Date

November 30, 2014

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This rock had a dense mat of Rockweed attached to it. This time of year I don't see much Rockweed. Maybe that's because I don't get to explore low tide as much in the winter, when the best low tides occur at night.

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wendy5

Date

November 30, 2014

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Here's a bright red seaweed that encrusts on rocks, Hildenbrandia spp. called Red Rock Crust. It's quite common here.

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Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens

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wendy5

Date

November 30, 2014

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This Larus glaucescens or Glaucous-winged Gull is our most common gull locally. This is an adult, non-breeding this time of year.

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Ribbed Limpet Lottia digitalis

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wendy5

Date

November 30, 2014

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One of my favorite limpets is Lottia digitalis or Ribbed Limpet. Here is a cluster of about a hundred, each less than an inch long, covering the side of a boulder at low tide. I wonder why they all chose this rock, when so many others were bare?

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Mew Gull Larus canus

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wendy5

Date

November 30, 2014

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About a dozen Mew Gulls were floating close to shore, feeding near the surface of the water.

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wendy5

Date

November 30, 2014

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A few hundred Mytilus trossulus or Pacific Blue Mussels were clustered on this one boulder among tiny barnacles. Each was an inch long or smaller. The low tide exposed them to the air.

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wendy5

Date

November 30, 2014

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Several rocks had Ulva lactuca or Sea Lettuce growing on them, and they were exposed by the low tide. This is a very common seaweed here. It's supposed to be highly nutritious, full of vitamins, minerals, and protein. It doesn't taste bad at all!

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wendy5

Date

November 27, 2014

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This Coral Leaf Seaweed was on the beach. The total length was about 4". This one shows the peach-colored version, and another post shows the more typical lavender and white colors.

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wendy5

Date

November 27, 2014

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Here are two typical shades of the red Coral Leaf Seaweed. I also found a peach color, which is shown in another post. There is a lot on the beach now after some winter storms break it loose. These are both about 4" long, and really look like little bones.

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wendy5

Date

November 27, 2014

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This Coralline Red Seaweed seems to be Corallina officinalis or Common Coralline, aka Pink Feather Coralline, but its color is changed perhaps by algae.

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wendy5

Date

November 27, 2014

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Here's the beautiful Cryptopleura ruprechtiana or Ruffled Red Seaweed.

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wendy5

Date

November 27, 2014

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This piece of Macrocystis integrifolia or Small Giant Kelp is quite bedraggled after tossing about in the surf after winter storms.

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wendy5

Date

November 27, 2014

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These are small 1/2" patches of Membranipora villosa or Kelp-encrusting Bryozoan growing on Osmundea spectabilis (Sea Laurel) seaweed.

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Bull Kelp Nereocystis luetkeana

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wendy5

Date

November 27, 2014

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The local beaches have piles of Nereocystis luetkeana or Bull Kelp this time of year, often extremely tangled and knotted together.

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This project is a warehouse for natural history observations in the Puget Sound country. The project is being launched to support a new natural history course at the University of Washington, but we welcome all naturalists to this project. The platform will be used by the class to record observations in the Puget Sound region and communicate about Puget Sound natural history. For the course, ...more ↓

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