I'm growing very fond of the green heron hanging out in the creek at the Environmental Education Center. It is sustaining me through a time without Oak Point visits. It stalks the little critters in the water, and from above looks like a gray rock sticking out of the water. In flight its gives an impression of green. Otherwise, I would think it misnamed.
The green heron is showing off its yellow legs, reminding me of the Capulets' yellow leggings. A month ago those legs were bright orange when he was looking for a lady friend.
|May 20 orange legs in high breeding plumage|
Returning from an errand, I finally spotted the pole from my car. It looked like a measuring device, but eventually I realized what I was seeing. I'd just seen a yellow-crowned night heron catching tasty tidbits in a pool of standing water by the car dealerships. It's "mask" made my day!
Changed into grubbies and wellies for my umbrella retrieval mission. A water-soaked patio umbrella is not a cooperative dance partner, and it weighs a ton. Amazing to find the spokes in good shape.
Completing my "other duties as assigned", I helped move soggy mulch from the drop-off pile closer at the street.
|Yellow-crowned night heron|
Different creek, different job, but good to see a heron on lunch break any time. August 2013 in Highland Park.
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