March 8th, 2014
Low Tide: 1.4' @ 12:22 PM
Saturday was a gusty day at Haystack Rock. Visitors, volunteers, and HRAP staff alike were hunkering down in rain coats and walking at angles into the wind. Even with high surges, low exposure, and high winds visitors still sought out the tide pools. Our highest count during the shift was 17 people in the intertidal.
There were few creature sightings during the day, however Junior Volunteer Alanna had an exciting encounter! After spotting a Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) scavenging something in front of the HRAP truck, Alanna went to get a closer look. As she approached, a Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalis) swept in just in front of her and snatched whatever the gull had been feeding on. An exciting site to see!
We are looking forward to more fascinating encounters this season so keep checking back for more updates!