A Year on Clear Lake-Jul 29, 2013

All Washed Up–July 29, 2013

A quick stop by the marina this morning proved that green herons rule. There were three stationed along the bulkhead, joined by a yellow-crowned night heron, a cormorant, and a great white egret. A stop at the boat ramp yielded a new find–a pair of Sandwich Terns. These terns are the only ones in the tern family that have a black bill with yellow tip. Don’t know if they were lost, or just exploring.

Activity on the peninsula is still focused around the outer bank. I spotted an ibis on the far South Shore Harbor shoreline across from the peninsula–a bit out of range for my camera’s zoom. A Great Blue Heron was also working the exposed shoreline along the creek.

But without a doubt, my favorite bird of the day was the baby house sparrow that ventured into my bird feeder and bird bath. It’s just too cute with its fluffy down and innocent look.

Green Thought:You must not know too much, or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and water-craft; a certain free margin, and even vagueness – perhaps ignorance, credulity – helps your enjoyment of these things… ~ Walt Whitman