Date: June 25, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Weather: partly sunny
Temperature: start 52º
Wildlife count: Moose & calf, Sea Otters
Year List: 257
Birds: Dark-eyed Junco, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Gray Jay, Trumpeter Swans & Cygnets, Hermit Thrush, Red-necked Grebe, Alder Flycatcher, Black-billed Magpie, Bald Eagle, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven,
We enjoyed breakfast out at Sourdough Bakery – I particularly enjoyed a carrot/cream cheese muffin with my eggs. We searched for the Trumpeter Swans but did not find them. As the tide was -5.6 today, it was perfect for searching the tidepools, so we walked out and joined the Refuge hike. Ithaca found the Giant Pacific Octopus under a rock by finding its middens. “Middens” are garbage piles, where the octopus leaves piles of his refuse – empty mussel shells, empty crab shells, etc. This octopus is about 3’ in diameter all stretched out, but we only saw a little bit of his tentacles. The crazy thing, when we looked closely, was that he had a golf ball in his tentacle – we wonder how much food he is going to get out of that???? We also watched an eagle catch a flounder; bring it up the bluff, only to be constantly harassed by a bunch of crows. We think that the eagle ate the fish before the crows stole it. We saw lots of beautiful creatures because with this low tide, we were able to walk out over ¼ mile on the ocean floor.
When we got home, John replaced the motor in the back leveling jacks while I washed the camper windows. We were having our lunch salad when our friends, Steve & Marcia called. They were folks we met on the way in the snowy interior of the Yukon Territory and we traveled together, providing moral support over those very snowy, treacherous roads. We spent the afternoon with them, as they are here visiting with family on their days off from camphosting at Eagle River near Anchorage.
We crashed when we got home, watching the evening news. Dinner was homemade macaroni & cheese/broccoli/sweet pepper with ham chunks. It was a quiet evening of identifying the critters and flowers we saw today.