More Signs of Spring!

The latest from the National Park Service:

The truest sign of spring at Bear Valley is the return of the gopher eating Great Blue Heron wandering the fields behind the visitor center!

Wildflowers are here: fields of deep purple blue iris at Chimney Rock and the Estero Trail; yellow bush lupine beginning at the Lighthouse and Chimney rock. Poppies at Abbotts Lagoon; the spell of warm weather kickstarted the bloom this past week.  A favorite flowering shrub along the Estero Trail and Levee Road – Twinberry – right now it has two/twin tubular scarlet flowers tipped with lemon yellow that will become two dark berries with scarlet fringes.

At last, regular whale sightings from the Headlands; 5-6 per hour over the weekend before high winds returned on Monday.  They appear to be the second ‘pulse’ of travelers, adults and juveniles without calves;  the third pulse of mothers and calves have not been seen yet.

Northern elephant seals continue to withdraw as males heads and juveniles head north, the females are mostly gone south.