A Year on Clear Lake-Jun 24, 2013

Mystery Solved — June 24, 2013

Our bird here is neither an American Bittern nor a Green Night Heron as I thought it might be. It is a juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron. My thanks to Texas Nature Writer Gary Clark (texasbirder.net), who identified the bird for me. He added that the American Bittern does not summer here, and is typically only seen during fall and spring migration. One mystery cleared up, and I will be on the look out this fall.

The birds on the peninsular were busy talking today. Pretty little melodies ringing out all across the area – the cardinals, the mockingbirds, the blackbirds, the killdeers, and then every once in a while a gruff squawk from an unhappy Yellow-crowned Night Heron as it flew by.

I mentioned before about the “escort” I have each time I walk along a certain section of path. Apparently there is a Red-winged Blackbird nest in the grasses close to the path. Here’s a short video I shot a couple of days ago of my blackbird “escort.” Even when there is no bird in sight, as soon as I get close to this area, the blackbird appears, and makes his displeasure known.

Green Thought: One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, ‘What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?'” – Rachel Carson