A Year on Clear Lake-Mar 10, 2013

Slow Down – March 10, 2013

This little Forster’s Tern wants you to slow down, and be patient. Things will get better–promise. It’s like the weather–you have to tough out all those windy, rainy days to get to sunshine, but know it will come.

Just like today. Rain, as promised this morning, but it cleared early, and then, reminiscent of the old neighborhood days, everyone started pouring out of the house to play. Pelicans, cormorants, egrets, herons, gulls, terns, coots–even the osprey was out, and visible. After being locked inside (or wherever they hunkered down) due to several days of strong winds, everyone was thrilled to get back out and about.

Our newest visitors, the Forster’s Terns, surfaced when the weather cleared, too. They are hanging out with the seagulls and Caspian Terns down by the boat launch. These terns are the only ones that remain strictly in North America year-round–other terns are known to migrate farther south in the winter. And the Forster’s Terns will sometimes build floating nests atop the water–something like a houseboat.

(By the way, if you click on any of the photo it will enlarge so you can get a better look.)