Pheasant. More pheasants have been reported around Illahee. We saw this one on the beach and just barely got this photo; and, while working in the garden the other day, we heard a bicycler yell at a pheasant he almost hit on Illahee Road.
Scoters. The winter mix of ducks have begun arriving in Illahee. The Surf Scoter is a deep diving sea duck that eats shellfish whole which is probably why they are around here every winter. These were sighted off the Illahee State Park dock last week.
Illahee Film Showing. The film “Illahee – Saving Puget Sound One Watershed at a Time” will be part of a series of salmon films to be shown on Saturday, November 2nd, in Tacoma at the Broadway Center for Performing Arts. We just heard nearly 100 tickets have already been sold and at that rate it will likely be a sell out, so if you haven’t seen the film this is another opportunity. Discount tickets are available. See the attached flyer for all the details.
Please advise them not to every touch or approach a stranded or dead seal. They can carry disease, and if alive, it is illegal to disturb them. Report any dead seals to
WDFW/ Marine Mammal Investigations
There are just as many poisonous mushrooms as there are delicious species of mushrooms. Use caution when picking mushrooms. Use guidebooks and pamphlets for identification.
Proper harvesting techniques provide the best possible recovery of mushrooms sites year after year. Mushrooms stems are to be cut at or above ground level, keeping the growing site as undisturbed as possible. Use only a knife or scissors to harvest mushrooms.
Kitsap County does not permit commercial harvesting of any products in County Parks unless a County Park permit has been issued.”
Mushroom Identified. Thanks for all the help in identifying this mushroom.
This is a Cauliflower Mushroom. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Here’s link to your mystery mushroom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Orcas. It appears not many noticed a small pod of orcas coming through Illahee this morning (7/18/13) about 8:30 am. Thanks to an observant neighbor we got a call that they were out in the middle of the channel. They evidently were hunting as it took them some time to surface again, this time on the Bainbridge side. We got a couple of photos just to document their presence, but they were at least a mile away by them. We noticed the Kitsap Sun reported on their sittings as possible transient seal eating oracas. The article will probably show up in Friday’s paper http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/
Preserve Dumping. Another dumping of old furniture at the Illahee Preserve’s Almira parking lot occurred this past weekend.
Saturday Orcas. While we were putting out a Saturday Update about the sighting of orcas on Friday, the orcas were out front playing around. Our neighbor was out picking berries at the beach around 11 am when she heard a blowing sound, and turned around to see the orcas playing in the area north of the Illahee community dock.