Our unnoticed front yard

From Richard Carstensen: my partner Cathy did a little bird study of the Gold Creek delta, with an eye (and ear) to what changes we might expect with construction of the proposed Sea Walk outside Egan Expressway. All kinds of cool stuff going on out there. But because we’re so cut off from our waterfront by traffic, few of us downtown residents recreate on little flounder creek.

Here’s a clip Cathy shot of a heron stalking gunnels in the Fucus beds:

heron from Richard Carstensen on Vimeo.

And another of a raven mass-harvesting them. Both of these movies were in late May, when chicks are in the nest. A pair of ravens were killing gunnels and staging them in the Fucus until they could fly home with large mouthfuls:

raven&gunnels from Richard Carstensen on Vimeo.

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