Friday May 1, 2015 news Volume 14 Issue 5


Bigboy, the large and athletic male who had been with us for many winters, flew home sometime in the first week of April. This link, Big Boy's Story relates how he came to be known and acquired two different names over the past years. He had a calm and patient personality, probably from his ability to beat the crap out of any other coot. He never took a very active part in the monthly drama at the two marinas, but he was there every winter.

Over this winter he seemed smaller, and it became clear that his general condition and attitude had deteriorated so that he would no longer "hop" up onto the dock, and was intimidated by other males.


He probably could survive another year if he would stay here. Migration is hazardous these days for birds more than a year or two old. But he must be thinking of his home where the days are long and sunny, with all sorts of green things growing and plenty of bugs to eat. He wants just what anyone would; one more good summer at home. We hope he gets it.


Only a few mallards remain at the marina, but spring rites go on, sometimes the only female takes a beating with two males in competition.

They do their best to carry on their species in a wasting environment.

Nasty Ducks

Nasty Ducks

It is interesting to note that the population of mallards at the two marinas has not returned to previously normal numbers, since about half of them were illegally taken from the Chula Vista Marina on September 23, 2008. The Coot News story at this link relates what was known at the time of that incident.

A more comprehensive background and opinions can be found at Wild Bird Mass Extermination in Chula Vista with more about that incident.

The Crows

There are not so many birds in the marina but the crows keep busy in the park. The crows and coots would occasionally scuffle over some tasty bit but it became clear the the crows hated the gulls. In one incident a crow had clung to the gull's back and was biting the gull's neck. The crows would harass a gull as if it were a hawk.


Nasty Gull

Nasty Gull

April Coot Flock

Six coots remained at the park on April 21, three on April 22, and none on April 23.

Crippled Coot

This female that was crippled, possibly by a short piece of blue thread, was impossible to catch. She and the other five were all gone by April 23.

Hungry Crow

The crows won't eat whole kernel corn from the can as the coots do.

Hungry Crows

The crows come to the table for breakfast.

Shelling a peanut

One is shelling a peanut.


The crows appreciate a drink of fresh water, and being able to soak their food before eating.



Bait barge employees assured me that they would not be affected by the current sardine fishing season restrictions.


San Salvador

At the end of April the log indicates that there is no plan on when or how to launch the boat as it draws dust in the parking lot at Spanish Landing.


News Links

This section presents links to news agencies with the intent of showing news articles strictly for the purpose of information and entertainment. Facts and opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of and associates.

SeaWorld asks the public not to support local school board’s anti captivity resolution whales and dolphins "Captivity show giant, SeaWorld have reportedly followed up their recent disastrous campaign to gain support via social media with another desperate attempt to change public opinion about captivity shows. "

Oppose Cormorant Slaughter Audubon Action Center "The Army Corps of Engineers is moving ahead with a misguided plan to kill 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants in Oregon—15 percent of the entire Double-crested Cormorant population west of the Rocky Mountains. The Corps plan also includes the destruction of 26,000 nests."

Summary of California Ocean Salmon Seasons California department of fish and game Calendar of events and regulations for 2015 California Ocean Salmon Sport and Commercial Fishing. Unicorn fishing regulations to start in June.

Hidden decks, morgues and 5 other cruise ship secrets New York Post "As morbid as it may sound, larger ships have designated morgues."

Fisherman bitten, pulled off boat by sea lion in Mission Bay Los Angeles Times "A man posing for a picture while holding his "trophy fish" was attacked by a 300-pound sea lion which hauled him over the side of a boat into the water Sunday afternoon.. "

Brown defends not requiring water cuts for California farmers Los Angeles Times "In a nationally televised interview Sunday, California Gov. Jerry Brown defended his decision to largely target urban areas rather than agricultural users with his historic order to curb water use."

Note: more and more of our grocery store produce is now grown in Mexico.

Is HSUS Attempting to Thwart our Promotion of Local Animal Shelters? Humane Watch "The Humane Society of the United States’ website encourages readers to “get to know your local shelters” and to “give a hand to the groups that do so much for animals, people, and your community.” But it seems this may just be talk."

Sea Shepherd Global rescues crew from sunken poaching boat near equator Straight “When my Chief Engineer boarded the Thunder in the hours leading up to the sinking, he was able to confirm that there were clear signs that the vessel was intentionally scuttled,"

Mekong River dolphin death reduces Lao population to five Straight “The discovery of a deceased female Irrawaddy river dolphin on Cheutal Touch Island, Cambodia – close to the border with Laos – is yet another reminder of the plight of this critically endangered cetacean in the Mekong River"

Don’t Ban Important Preparations for Climate Change Force change ““Climate change” can no longer be discussed by state workers in a Wisconsin public land management department, according to a ban put in place by state Republicans."

Has SeaWorld Sunk To A New Low? dolphin project “This is just one of the protests being held outside of SeaWorld parks. What’s different about today is that a mysterious group of “Communists” joined the ranks. "

Chough-ing hell raptor persecution scotland “It would seem that Ms Candy hasn’t read the latest research on the impact of corvids on other bird populations"

California delta's water mysteriously missing amid drought Yahoo News “huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations."

Hawaii court ruling will not affect Navy training in the Marianas Marianas Variety “The Navy proposed training and testing activities in the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing Study Area.This area covers the Southern California Range Complex, consisting of San Diego Bay and about 120,000 sq. nautical mi. of ocean between Dana Point and San Diego."

Researchers fear avian flu may be here to stay MPR News “The avian flu outbreak that has killed poultry in 10 states, including Minnesota, is unprecedented in this country. In the past five months two highly pathogenic strains of bird flu have been detected in two dozen domestic flocks, killing hundreds of thousands of birds. ."

Goose with arrow piercing neck captured in California Yahoo News “A worker at the Anaheim Hills Car Wash befriended the goose several days ago and was able to catch it and turn it over to officers from Orange County Animal Care, department spokeswoman Katie Ingram said."

Nestlé Has Illegally Pumped Calif. Water Since the Last Major Drought—and Doesn't Want to Stop Yahoo News “The Palm Springs, California–based Desert Sun reported last Wednesday that Nestlé has been pumping water out of the underground spring that feeds Strawberry Creek and transferring it by pipeline out of the national forest on an expired permit for nearly 30 years."

Did Japan’s Whale Hunt Just Get Harpooned? Takepart “Japan wants to kill nearly 4,000 minke whales in the Southern Ocean over the next 12 years, but an expert panel convened by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has shot down the country’s latest proposal to conduct the hunt."

Goose Shot Through the Neck With Arrow Dies Following Surgery in O.C. KTLA “An Egyptian goose that was seen wandering around the Anaheim Hills area for several days with an arrow shot clean through its neck died Wednesday after undergoing surgery at a veterinary clinic in Orange County."

Boat likely destroyed in 2011 Japanese tsunami turns up in Oregon with live fish still aboard the Washington Post “Some passengers were still aboard when the ship’s remains were found this week: About 20 yellowtail jack fish, representing a species usually found in the waters off Japan."

California Drought and Water Levels at 11 Lakes fishrap news “The impact of California’s current drought has already left its mark on the local boating and fishing community. Diamond Valley Reservoir, for example, was shut down to boaters indefinitely by state officials because the water level was too low.."

Sima: Taubenfütterung "macht die Vögel krank"Kurier “Die Wiener Waste Watcher dokumentierten das Ergebnis falsch verstandenen Tierschutzes: Essenreste machen Tauben krank... -"

Fifth farm infected with bird flu; migrating waterfowl may be causeNPR News “ it's unclear how the virus is getting into the barns."

Beached whale defaced in PacificaKRON tv “ PACIFICA (KRON) — The corpse of a beached whale discovered Tuesday has been defaced. Scientists performed a necropsy Wednesday, and the enormous dead mammal has been lying on the beach ever since. The graffiti on the dead whale reads, “EAST BAY RATS MOTORCYCLE CLUB”"

5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Effects Linger And Recovery Is Slow" “Cynthia Sarthou, executive director of Gulf Restoration Network, says that after five years, there are more questions than answers about what the lingering impact of the spill means."

Two UK Cities Become World’s First Sustainable Fish Cities" The Fish Site “The Sustainable Fish City campaign aims to kick endangered and unsustainably caught fish off menus for good, and work with fish-serving businesses to help to secure a sustainable future for our fisheries and marine environment."

Sacramento River Closure Into Effect Monday CDFW News “An emergency regulation closing 5.5 miles of spawning habitat above the city of Redding on the Upper Sacramento River went into effect April 27"

Love 'em Or Hate 'em, Sea Lions Raise Concerns On The Columbia Jefferson Public Radio “ lack of food in the ocean and a big smelt run drew them in and soon California sea lions, which can weigh 700 pounds or more apiece, had taken over the Astoria docks that should be harboring boats."

CCA files suit to stop divvying up of recreational red snapper quota NOLA “ Under the plan, called Amendment 40, federal fisheries managers would pull the charter take of red snapper from the recreational quota and award it to individual captains. "

Rare elephant bird egg could fetch more than $70,000 at auction Reuters " Believed to be more than 400 years old and nearly 200 times the size of a chicken egg, an extremely rare elephant bird egg will be auctioned in London this week, with an estimated price tag of up to $76,000."

Port of San Diego could acquire submerged lands from state commission Reuters "Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced Assembly Bill 729 (AB 729) in the state’s lower legislative house in February to operate the submerged lands within the public trust and share a portion of gross revenues derived from the transferred property with the State Lands Commission (SLC)"

William Shatner's California drought solutionCNBC tv “ Actor William Shatner is planning to start a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30 billion dollars, according to an interview with Yahoo. The goal: to build a pipeline from Seattle to help fix California's drought problem."

Sardine population collapses, prompting ban on commercial fishing CNBC tv “The sardine population along the West Coast has collapsed due to changing ocean conditions and other factors, including allegations of overfishing, prompting regulators Monday to cancel fishing next season." (starting July 1)

Salton Sea on back burner as state confronts droughtThe Desert Sun “The Salton Sea is California’s largest lake, and it was once a prime destination for fishing, boating and tourism. But as the agricultural runoff that feeds the sea has declined in recent years, the water has receded, kicking up dust along the exposed shores

Ocean-energy project bad for killer whales, B.C. researcher sayThe Vancouver Sun “A proposed clean-energy project may slow the speed of climate change, but it could also imperil threatened orcas, critics say."

California fisherman pulled overboard by a sea lionThe guardian “Dan Carlin’s wife told him to smile for a picture on their boat as he held up one of the yellowtail fish they had caught that day off San Diego. Then a sea lion leaped out of the water, bit into his hand and yanked him overboard."

San Diegans have been threatened for decades to conserve water or face the reality of rationing. People did conserve, but how much more of this will they tolerate? Water consumption has actually increased.

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