Monthly Archives: April 2011

Tidepools: Gooseneck Barnacles and California Mussels

Wet mussels and barnacles gleamed in the afternoon sun as I walked past them on my way to Blacks’ beach yesterday. Continue reading

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A walk at low tide from the Scripps Reserve to Black’s Beach

A beautiful afternoon at the Scripps Coastal Reserve. It was sunny and very warm with some waves for the surfers. I went down at lunch time when the tide was going out. There was a flock of Whimbrels and a few Willets. Then I walked to the tide po… Continue reading

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I am looking forward to butterfly season:

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Caspian Terns are great acrobats

One afternoon I was walking along the shore near Birdrock, La Jolla and noticed a Caspian tern. I caught it on camera as it flipped over! The same tern flying in a more traditional way Here the Caspian tern is looking down for food in a classic te… Continue reading

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Walking on the Beach by Scripps Reserve

I find that a walk on the beach after working at the Birch Aquarium all day recharges me and brings me closer to our mission – caring for our ocean. I was surprised to see a pair of Mallard on the shore – not something I see very often Lots of tin… Continue reading

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The Beautiful wild Harebell

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Baby Black Sea Bass at the Birch Aquarium

Black Sea Bass are orange with black spots when young and only a few inches long with distinctive black pelvic fins. A stark contrast to the large, grey spotted adults – several feet long. These gentle giants are in the kelp forest off the coast o… Continue reading

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