Monday, May 09, 2011

Who, Me? I Did What? Where?

Stopped between part one (surveying for dead birds at Rialto Beach) and part two (failing to see gray whales at La Push) of my day,

North end of Rialto Beach, May 8, 2011 (Click for larger image.)

to pick up the verizon signal at the pullout over the north side of the river: checking my mail and also checking on developments certain twitter people are sharing, whom I care about though I've never met them in real life. Then drove around to the south side.

Summary Report: No birds to record on the COASST survey forms, and no whale blows that I could see.

Tried looking for whales from a different spot, at the south end of First Beach, by Lonesome Creek.

First Beach, La Push. May 8, 2011 (Click for larger image.)

I hadn't charged the camera nearly long enough, had to be frugal with photos. Luckily found no birds which must be documented. Though obsessively struggling all day with the online maxim, 'Pix or it didn't happen,' a most pleasing day happened. It was seriously beautiful out.

It's official, I have gotten through the entire gray whale migration season without a single sighting from the beach. By Lonesome Creek on Sunday there were surfers yes, families running around yes, unbelievable beauty yes. No whales.

The School at the Edge of the World, First Beach, La Push, May 8, 2011 (Click for larger image.)

Closeup view of the Quileute Tribal School. School on the left; present-day administration building, formerly the Coast Guard station, on the right. The First Beach web cams (1)(2) are in the attic of the old building, looking out in opposite directions.

La Push, detail

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