Sunday, December 16, 2012
You Never Know What You'll Find at the Beach
Sharp-shinned or Coopers? Based mostly on size, I'm going to go with Cooper's. It was about the size of a crow, if not bigger.
Remember yesterday, how I saw, and took a picture of an odd "toy" that was lying on the beach? I saw it again today, and took a closer look, and found these instructions to return it to NOAA in Missouri. It's still not entirely clear what it is, but it has electronics in it, and the place that they want it sent is a high atmosphere research center, so I am guessing that it's some type of instrument that's dropped from a balloon, like this radiosonde.
Not a bad day for picking up shark's teeth, 20 total, but nothing as rare as yesterday's Megalodon tooth. This one might be a side or back tooth from one of the Mako type sharks.
Common Mergansers, a fish eating duck that we see here occasionally.