A Year on Clear Lake-Oct 05, 2013

Tricolor Heron–October 5, 2013

Tropical Depression Karen, even though headed to the northeast, delivered high tides to our area including the peninsula. There is more water in some areas than I have seen to date. At the circle on the far north end, the water is a couple of inches deep. I wonder what the small field mice do when the water inundates the area? Head to higher ground, I suppose.

Along with the water came this beautiful juvenile Tricolor Heron. He flew in as I was busily snapping photos of a pair of Killdeers. These birds, members of the plover family, vanished months ago, as soon as their little ones flew the coop. Nice to see them back again.

The immature Little Blue Heron (white) is still in the area. It’s adopted a marshy area at the south end. And speaking of blue, the Bluejays are back, as well. Plus, I discovered yet another wildflower blooming on the peninsula today–Blue Daze, of course.

Green Thought:“But look around at this world, how perfectly it’s made. Flowers can’t move, yet the insects come to them and spread their pollen. Trees can’t move either, but birds and animals eat their fruit and carry their seeds far and wide.” ― Nahoko Uehashi, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit