A Year on Clear Lake-Apr 9, 2013

Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue–April 9, 2013

Maybe  not the eyes, but how about blue feathers? Another fun find today. This Little Blue Heron juvenile is just beginning  the molting process.

Adult Little blue Heron

As a young, immature bird the Little Blue Heron is solid white, and is often mistaken for an egret. When it begins to mature, it gets the typical slate blue plumage of the adult, and for which it is named.  The blue on this one is just beginning to show. Our friend here will be a mottled mess until the change is complete.

Also spotted the ducklings again today. Momma was gone, and I accidentally scared the brood from the protection of the grassy foliage. When I realized it, I walked away. The little guys turned and headed back to the tall grass. Mom and Dad showed up shortly after. I’m concerned, though.  Heavy storms are predicted for tomorrow, along with a drop in temperatures – neither of which bode well for our little guys. I’ll keep an eye on them to see how they fare, and let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Some days I feel like I hit the jackpot. Today is one of them. I’m excited about discovering the young heron with his white/blue plumage, along with the little duckling brood. But on top of these two, I find an osprey very close to shore. I was actually able to get clear photos – that’s almost a first.

There are good days, and then there are really good days. Hope you have either soon.