Quick Jump

Earlier this week on a cold, grey late afternoon, a great egret jumps off from the marsh pond on his way back for an evening roost.

Egret Jump Off

Egret Jump Off

Friday Afternoon

It was a mostly quiet afternoon yesterday over at the marsh.

A great blue heron as usual had to announce his comings and goings. A mixed group of male and female hooded mergansers floated along on their standard patrol.

A young white ibis picked along in the shallow water at the edge of the marsh searching for a tasty treat. And an egret still hard at work fishing, is silhouetted by warm setting sunlight to wind down the day.

Friday Afternoon

Friday Afternoon

Friday Afternoon

Friday Afternoon

Another Pop Up

Well our fuzzy little mink friend is back. This afternoon we saw him pop out from behind some rocks along the edge of the marsh. He scampered around for a bit before disappearing back down into the rocks.

We waited for a little while, but never did see him pop back up. I have to figure he has a bunch of cozy hiding spots down in among the rocks and brush.

Mink Playing on the Rocks

Mink Playing on the Rocks

Mink Playing on the Rocks

 

Shaking Off

An osprey shakes off some water as he flies along the reeds at the edge of the marsh.

He caught no fish on this attempt but will go right back to work after the quick shake off.

Of course the eagle is sitting in his tree at the far edge hoping the next pass by the osprey will be successful…

Osprey Shaking Off

Osprey Shaking Off

Potential Incoming Trouble

Yesterday afternoon a blue heron appeared to be rather upset when he saw this slightly out of control juvenile wood stork heading straight for him.

The young stork did manage to land without crashing into the heron but you never know…those inexperienced kids can be unpredictable so it’s best to remain alert if you happen to be standing in the flight path!

Young Wood Stork Incoming

It Starts And Ends With One

Late this afternoon we had some juvenile white ibis show up in the marsh area.

At first just one came in but he was quickly joined by two more of his friends. They mostly just stood around on one leg for a while before gradually walking away one by one. (they didn’t fly away…they walked)

Finally we had one lone young ibis remaining, and he slowly made his way toward me along the shallow water before heading farther out into the marsh with his friends.

Juvie Ibis in the Marsh

Juvie Ibis in the Marsh

Juvie Ibis in the Marsh

Juvie Ibis in the Marsh

All Fluffed Up And No Place To Go

The great blue heron’s flair for the dramatic is well known. The one thing a blue heron never wants to be is ignored.

They often make loud comments to announce their arrival or departure, or for apparently no reason at all, at least not to us.

Great blue herons seem to be quite fond of making any type of display possible, at any time they might choose. Earlier this week we saw this great blue get himself in a totally all fluffed up state for reasons, once again, unknown to us.

But as long as he’s having a good time who are we to argue or question the reason why?

GBH Fluffed Up

GBH Fluffed Up

GBH Fluffed Up

GBH Fluffed Up

Surprise Pop Up

Just as I was leaving this evening I saw a little mink pop out from among the rocks along the edge of the marsh. As soon as the mink spotted me he surprised me by running right toward me, it was almost like my cat bouncing into the room!

He quickly put on the breaks however, stopped, took another look at me, and headed back toward the rocks along the edge of the water.

I didn’t see the little guy again, and since it was getting dark I figured he was snuggling down into a cozy spot for the night.

Mink on the Walkway

Mink on the Walkway

Mink on the Walkway

Mink on the Walkway

Mink on the Walkway

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