Our 17-year-old indoor/outdoor cat Manny didn't come home Monday night. My husband went looking for him the following day on the hill behind our house, and he found his collar and a lot of fur. We immediately suspected a coyote or some other wildlife was to blame.
My husband set up a webcam last night and captured footage of a coyote trying to attack a skunk at the water and food dishes (normally left out for the cat—we wanted to see if whatever attacked Manny would come back). The skunk scared the coyote off!
I wanted to pass it on that coyotes are now in Park Pacifica on Everglades bordering Grand Teton. In my 40+ years in Pacifica, we have never had this problem, and our indoor/outdoor cats over those 40 years have lived long and happy lives. We're now kicking ourselves for being so naive as to think it couldn't happen here.
I hate to think of anyone else's pets meeting their untimely end this way. For our part, I'm going to ask my kids to make and post some warning signs for the neighborhood. Thanks for your help.
On May 20 around noon, I was salmon-fishing about 15 miles due west of Princeton Harbor, and very close to shipping lanes in an area where numerous whales and diving birds were feeding on krill.
A southbound container ship (APL New Jersey) plowed through the whales. I noticed spouts from the whales within 100 feet of the ship. I did not see a direct hit on a whale but did find a dead whale floating close to the harbor mouth. Something must be done about these ships traveling so close to whale migration routes and feeding areas.
I contacted several environmental groups and the US Coast Guard to report my sighting. And I called the Marine Mammal Center at Marin Headlands and sent a picture of the dead whale. I hope someone will examine the dead whale for the cause of death.
I photographed these surfbirds at the north end of Linda Mar Beach. The top two photos show the birds foraging, uncharacteristically, on the sandy beach. The third photo shows one in its more typical rocky shore habitat. All of these birds are about two-thirds through their molt into breeding plumage. The one on the rocks is almost perfectly camouflaged against the backdrop of aggregating anemones.
Gary Hanauer says this one (above) is a "male Anna's hummingbird—a common, year-round resident in California, and the only type of Western hummer with a song (squeaky, metallic-sounding). The females don't sing."
Dan Underhill reports from East Sharp Park: "The coyotes were carrying on at a great rate up on Milagra Ridge tonight. I like hearing them, but small dogs need to not be off leash up there. Just a reminder to those with small dogs." Other Pacificans are hearing coyote songs at night from all the ridges up and down this town of hills and valleys.
19:24 SPCA Case 140207199 Occurred at Fassler Av/Roberts Rd, Pacifica. MOUNTAIN LION SIGHTING // SB ON FASSLER // PER COUNTY, THEY WILL NOT RESPOND UNLESS PPD INVESTIGATES THE SIGHTING FIRST Disposition: Gone On Arrival As reported to the Pacifica PD