Why does this Red-winged Blackbird like to pull the fluffs off the female part of the cattail? Looking for nest-building material or food?
Came across this Great Blue Heron perched on a raptor's perch. Must be a nice resting place with a good view of the ground below.
And I also saw Coyotes today!!! First time seeing them on Sturgeon Bank. The sub-species found here on Lulu Island is the Mountain Coyote (Canis latrans lestes). More information about them is described by Huckleberry Days here. There were four individuals (in two pairs of twos) observed . They were travelling from south to north. I didn't follow them all the way, although they were quite oblivious of the dogs, walkers, and bikers (especially the two individuals that were closer to the trail), and vice versa. Except for yours truly - otherwise I couldn't tell you what I saw.
This young-looking coyote seemed to be infected with the mange mite (explained by Rock Paper Lizard here), causing itch and loss of hair in infected areas (as seen with the furless tail).
However, this young coyote is also quite playful, and I watched it bounce several times when it is on the hunt for mice or voles. It even got a successful snack once. Yum. The other individual is quite healthy looking, but it might not be long before it is fully infected with the mite as well. Sad.
Deep down they are just like dogs (or vice versa), and butt-smelling is very important for canine communication.