The Road Less Traveled
Everyone took a left to a wine tasting event yesterday while I went right on a road that was definitely less traveled. I didn’t see another vehicle for 20 minutes in an area known as the Sacramento Delta. But I did see herons and egrets stalking prey in the marsh that runs along the endless…
Bird in the Rain
What do birds do in the rain? This one spread its wings for a standing bath. This year I can say it rains everyday in California.
When I want to watch brown pelicans fly, I go to the base of the Carmel River where these birds gather daily before gliding over the ocean for food. I took these photos yesterday.
Scrub Jays Like Bathing
If you put water out, they will find it–the scrub jays that is. I filled the bird bath up three times yesterday. The jays splash around until the water is practically gone. These photos are of a scrub jay registering dismay at the lack of water service on my part. It knows I am behind…
This egret is focused on what’s ahead under the water, so much so that it doesn’t appear to know, or care that I am taking a photo.
Brown pelicans fly in V-formation until they approach a water landing spot, then they circle, each at different heights, before splashing down individually, this time on the Carmel River.
Oystercatcher Day Two…
After spotting a black oystercatcher yesterday for the first time in nearly six years at Carmel State Beach, I returned with my camera hoping to get a well-focused photo; instead, brown pelicans flew overhead–no oystercatchers sighted.
Yesterday, I saw the unexpected at Carmel State Beach. I only had my phone, so I took a video of a black oystercatcher on the beach. I hadn’t seen one in nearly six years, consistent with reports of a decline in the species which nests in rocks along the northwest coastline. I know it’s just…
The Townsend’s warbler enjoys the brush plant known as “Carmel Creeper” which grows everywhere in the Carmel area. This hardy ground cover attracts various insects to the delight of birds.