A Year on Clear Lake-Jun 3, 2013

On the Rocks-  June 3, 2013

Was the snowy egret the inspiration for those bright yellow, rainy day galoshes we wore as kids? The feet are priceless–my favorite.

The purple martin house in the water right behind home base proves a favorite stopping point for many feathered friends,  much to the displeasure of the purple martins nesting there. Today, we had two extremes. A juvenile pelican stopped by for a few minutes early in the morning, and a yellow-crowned night heron chose the same location much later in the evening. 

What I have discovered, which I did not realize, is just how much bird activity there is in this area at this time of the year.  I’m sorry to say I haven’t been paying attention. It brings to mind a piece I wrote last year, Finding Paradise. And I thought I had learned something then! Oh, well, just goes to show we never stop learning (and appreciating).

The herons are out in large numbers, and they are especially active at night (after all, they are referred to as “night herons”).  When I drove past the boat yard area this evening, I spotted a black-crown heron sitting on one post, and then realized there were at least six or seven yellow-crowns, occupying the other posts. It was a sight to see. By the time I got back to the location, they had all flown off. Next time I’ll be ready.

Green Thought:We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children’s memories, the adventures we’ve had together in nature will always exist – Richard Louv