This blog records my experiences as a docent at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery on Highway 1 in California. Pups are born during the winter. In February, many are already weaned.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Returning to the sea
Many of the pups are now weaned. most of them stay close to the edge of the bluff, out of harm's way. Mostly they sleep. A few go to the water's edge or mingle with other mothers and pups, stealing milk as they can.
Mating is frequent now,k with mothers coming into estrus as lactation winds down.
This female was besieged by four males as she tried to get to the water. This big male took notice and the others retreated. He stayed with her for half an hour or so, then she was able to leave quietly, without having to defend herself from multiple males.
I've written three books about raising traditional breed poultry in small flocks, How to Raise Chickens, How to Raise Poultry, and The Field Guide to Backyard Chickens. I blog about poultry at http://poultrybookstore.blogspot.com. I'm interested in all animals and the wildlife of California's Central Coast enchants me.