A Year on Clear Lake-Jul 24, 2013

A Water Landing — July 24, 2013

The Great White Egrets were busy tonight working the opposite shoreline. I passed at least four on my walk leading  to the peninsula. That’s a lot especially when most nights there are none. The water level is dropping again now that it’s been several days with no rain and our temperatures are near 100. The lower water level must make it easier for the egrets to wade along the shoreline while looking for prey. If we think our plans are dependent upon the weather, consider the wildlife – their life strategies depend on it. It can determine where and when they are going to hunt, what they are going to hunt, and quite probably how much they are going to eat today! I’ll have to remember that the next time I complain about the rain.

Very quiet tonight. One YCNH in the circle – that’s the area at the end of the trail. On my first visit there were no less than six YCNHs spread around the circle. I must admit there seem fewer and fewer yellow crowns in general, and I’m beginning to wonder if they have begun their exodus south. They winter in Central and South America. I’ll do a little research and see what I can learn about the migration times.

I came upon another juvenile yellow crown perched high in a tree–they do seem to like perching high in the trees. I also spotted another water moccasin curled up in the brush beside the trail. I walked passed it, then thought, “Hmmm, that black clump was moving.” By the time I got the camera on it, there wasn’t much left to see. Those snakes move plenty fast.

Green Thought: The poetry of the earth is never dead. ~ John Keats