A Year on Clear Lake-Jul 09, 2013

What the Heck  Is That?–July 9, 2013

It isn’t easy being a baby bird. Instinct can only take you so far–then there’s still a lot to learn. These two young siblings (I believe) are exploring their new world together. As they mature they will become solitary hunters, but for the time being they seem to enjoy each others company. They eventually flew up into this nearby tree, and I continued along the path. There were many juvenile yellow crowns out this evening – it makes me wonder if there is a nest nearby. According to Cornell Lab of Ornithology, yellow-crowned night herons colonize when they breed. I have spotted many young birds in this area, so perhaps there are several nests nearby.

I also found  several Monarchs flying about today, as well. I’m not certain where they came from. I haven’t spotted any butterfly weed, the only plant the Monarch will lay its eggs on, among the brush. Regardless of where they came from, the butterflies seemed to enjoy their surroundings.

Another treat today when a green heron landed atop the old dilapidated purple martin house. He did not fair as well with the martins as the great blue heron did yesterday. They dive bombed him a few times before it became frustrated and flew off.

On my way off the peninsular I passed the tree the two, young yellow crowns had escaped to during the early part of my walk. They were still in the tree, but now with a beautiful sunset in the background. I couldn’t help but snap the shot.

Green Thought: Never lose an opportunity to see anything that is beautiful. It is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, every fair sky, every fair flower. – Ralph Waldo Emerson