A Year on Clear Lake-Sept 14, 2013

Look Who Dropped In–September 14, 2013

What a surprise today to discover a Little Blue Heron at the peninsula’s entrance. First time I’ve seen one other than at the marina. I like this bird. It might have something to do with the fact that its bill turns bright turquoise during the breeding season. It’s striking, and beautifully colorful.

The Tricolor Heron (formerly Louisiana Heron) was also present tonight, claiming one of the tree tops. Either I am becoming more aware of the tricolor heron, and thus recognizing them more often, or like the pelicans, there truly are more of them. Time will tell.

Mockingbirds are still prolific on the peninsula, and you can still hear their sweet chatter. Cicadas are definitely gone from there, but oddly I have heard them in front of the house the last couple of days.

Can you find the field mouse in the photo to the right? (Click on it to enlarge the photo.) I barely spotted him before walking on. When I see these little critters deep within the brush, it makes me wonder what other things are there that we don’t we see? There is another world at work deep within the brush– from the field mice to the rabbits, from fiddler crabs to crawfish. Who knows? It would be fun to have X-ray eyes–just for a day.

Green Thought: “My love affair with nature is so deep that I am not satisfied with being a mere onlooker, or nature tourist. I crave a more real and meaningful relationship. The spicy teas and tasty delicacies I prepare from wild ingredients are the bread and wine in which I have communion and fellowship with nature, and with the Author of that nature.” ― Euell Gibbons