Just to keep things interesting this morning there was a Tsunami Warning in effect due to a large earthquake yesterday in Chile. The impact was not predicted to be large here in Santa Barbara. I decided not to go swimming in the ocean.
Instead I headed out to Lake Los Carneros, where there was a report last evening of a Cattle Egret. This is a bird that I have had trouble catching up with in Santa Barbara County. The first thing I noticed when I left the house was it was actually chilly - it has been quite some time since that has happened!
I arrived at the lake around 7:30, there were no egrets, Cattle or otherwise, to be seen. I was not terribly surprised. In the past Cattle Egrets have tended to move through the area pretty quickly.
To add to the morning's entertainment I got a flat tire shortly after arriving at the lake. I made my way around the lake and checked out the birds before stopping to fix it. There were a good number of birds around but nothing unusual.
I decided to stop by a couple of egret-likely spots on the way home. At both the UCSB Lagoon and Goleta Beach there were plenty of white egrets. None of them were Cattle Egrets.
I stopped to watch a Belted Kingfisher at Atascadero Creek. It was successful in catching two fish while I watched. I enjoyed seeing it whack each fish on a branch before consuming them. Seems like there is always something interesting happening when watching the birds.
A couple photos from today:
After today the year's total still stands at 246.
Today I rode a total of 26.7 miles