We are sure paying for those 3 dry months we had back in the summer! A couple of times today it has brightened just enough to give a glimmer of hope ~ and then it settles back to rain….
the first thing noticed today was this….a sign has once more been placed in the middle of the path at a point which to me at least is completely illogical.
that is what it says and I’ve looked up the bylaw which is pages long but basically seems to say ‘if we put a sign up you have to obey it’. What makes the habitat on one side of the sign different from that on the other side of the sign, must be beyond my comprehension.
looking, but not venturing past the sign, I could see that Bald Eagles were perched all along the foreshore of the park.
there were also large numbers of Red-wing Blackbirds in the area of the first bay…
Fortunately, I had taken this picture in my own yard earlier in the day, to show a closer view of one of the Black-birds.
I could see in the distance that this and every piling also sported a Bald Eagle on it and they were scattered over the flats. No sign of any swans though which seems strange as they had been constantly with us up to the weekend, perhaps they are all down off of the park which I will get to again one of these days if it ever stops raining.
another view of the very wet flats area, some Mallard in the foreground and some Green-wing Teal along the far side of the water. Also a few Gadwall and one lone Bufflehead were down there today.
some of the other birds braving the wet weather are the Song Sparrow…
Dark-eyed Junco, and Towhee, Varied Thrush, Steller’s Jay, Chestnut backed Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatch.
this fellow was perched up in one of the large fir trees in our complex and based on the numbers of white feathers in the general vicinity I’m wondering if he was digesting a meal of ‘gull’!