Today we took our first walk of the year through what’s called Charlie’s Pasture. There is a long boardwalk over muddy flats and wetlands. It’s quite secluded, and since people are pretty sparse, you’re quite likely to see some interesting birds. Or maybe not. You never know!
I took a photo of what I thought was a blue heron. When I got it on the computer, I could see it was certainly not a Great Blue Heron, but rather it’s a Reddish Egret (dark-morph breeding adult). (Who named that bird anyway??? I mean, really, I bet you could come up with something better than “reddish”!) And he really does have two legs; one was tucked up in his undercarriage.
Later on today, I visited Paradise Pond. I was treated to the best view I’ve ever had of a Black-Crowned Night Heron. Usually they are across the pond and I have to max my zoom out to get a look. This guy was just a few feet away (well, maybe 20 feet or so), so I got much better detail.
These are nocturnal birds, and after a few minutes of giving me “the eye”, he buried his face in his fluffy feathers. Instant sleep mask!
What a good birding day! Now to get at some sewing.