The season’s change hit home today. It’s bitter sweet. The weather is pleasant enough, the flowers are beautiful, but I’m saddened. I miss the Osprey and the White Pelicans, both of which have left for places unknown, not to return until late October at the earliest. I miss the beautiful sunrises and sunsets that were visible from the deck, as well. The sun is now completely around the bend. I realized today that even though I have lived here more than a decade, I don’t know what month the sun will reappear around the curve. But this year, bet that I’ll be watching and waiting. It will be cause for celebration – much like the solstice of olden day.
In the meantime, I’ll remain appreciative for the wildlife that is still here. Among it, several juvenile brown pelicans. Birding can be complicated with all the different plumage based on not only species, but age and gender, not to mention time of the year. The adult brown pelicans have white heads and brown bodies, while the juveniles have brown heads and white bodies.