The weather is weird. Several inches of snow on Monday night, 50 degrees by Monday afternoon, bare fields on Tuesday with pouring rain, a rumbling thunderstorm Tuesday night, and now on Wednesday, WIND! Oh well, take each day as it comes. These mushrooms were discovered on a walk on Sunday at Lake Perez. (Mushroom foragers: are these reishis?) It was an awesome birding morning. The first Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Belted Kingfisher, and Loons of the year. Three birding ladies on the observation deck identified a female Bufflehead. When I was younger, I used to think that birding was something done by old people wearing all khaki. These women were wearing mostly black (they were Amish), but they were totally excited about the birds they were seeing and hearing and they knew what they were talking about. When people are that excited about something, it is hard to not get excited about it yourself! In contrast, my husband and little babe went to the turtle pond last evening and there was a "serious birder" with a scope and a very "do not interrupt me" attitude. If you love something, you should want to share that love with others, right? (I'm not talking about sharing the last piece of chocolate cheesecake...that you can keep to yourself.) Birders should want to say, "Hey, check out that awesome black and white bird! Do you know that he flies all the way to South America and back to the US every year. Think about what he sees along the way! Does he fly at night? Did he stop at this pond last year on his way home?" The saying goes, that if people are interested in something, then they will want to protect it, "it" being an animal, a piece of land, a culture.
Anyway, enough soapbox spouting. Go check out the Bufflehead. The male is very handsome, but the female is a pretty little duck too.