With the recent rains the yellow-crowns have taken over, it seems. There are nearly as many of these birds as there are rabbits. The area is the perfect wetlands, marshy-type hunting grounds these herons love–when wet, of course. While they like to dine on crustaceans, they also eat insects, fish, worms, snails, and on occasion snakes, baby birds, baby rabbits, etc. Unfortunately, it looks like rain chances are coming to an end and triple digit temperatures are returning. Soon our birds will be going elsewhere until the rains come again, but we shall enjoy every moment we have with them.
It’s always a treat when herons, egrets, or pelicans take a break atop one of the pilings in the water by our house. A treat for me, not so the purple martins. This Great Blue Heron landed atop the piling next to the purple martin “lighthouse” birdhouse. I was surprised the martins left it alone, and did not buzz it as they usually do–especially with the babies so close. It is amazing how these birds can transform their appearance. Not that they are trying to disguise themselves, but they tuck their long neck in and take on the look of a hunched-back, grumpy old man. Then in a heartbeat, extending the neck, they become a graceful, majestic bird.