“People often ask me how it is that I seem to be so much at peace. There is a primary reason — and it is available to all who wish to have it. Here’s a simple prerequisite to attaining peace at that level. I invite you to observe the beasts, birds and fish and let them teach you. Let this be a daily routine and life, as you know it, will never be the same.”
– Eddie Bo

Friday, March 27, 2015

Day 86 - Lake Los Carneros

Today the weather forecast was for continued heat wave.  I wanted to avoid the worst of that so I got an early start and was home before the mercury broke 80 degrees.

I headed out to Lake Los Carneros, hoping to catch up with some spring migrants.  Specifically I had Black-headed Grosbeak and Western Tanager in mind.  These are both species that I typically see every spring at this site.  It's a bit early for both species but they have been reported in the general area already.

There was a good deal of bird activity there this morning.  I ended up tallying 43 species, but neither of my target species were to be found.  At one point I thought I heard a Tanager, but upon closer examination it turned out to be a Mockingbird messing with my audio bird ID skills.

It was especially fun to see that the nesting Bushtits now have youngsters to feed.  Their sock-shaped woven nest is well hidden in a small oak tree and does not allow for photos.

I am getting anxious to cross the 200 species milestone.  Patience grasshopper ....

Just one photo from today:

Red-tailed Hawk

After today the year's total still stands at 197. 

Today I rode a total of 23.4 miles

More later,

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