“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

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Day 308 - Carpinteria Salt Marsh

Today was Wednesday and the final Bird Class for the year, and we met at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh.  It was a little chilly with a breeze that built throughout the morning.  We saw some good birds, nothing too out of the ordinary.  The highlight of class time was at least 4 Osprey flying over the marsh and calling constantly.

After class some of us continued to the Carpinteria Creek mouth, where by that time it was very breezy.  There were a few Teal swimming about, either Cinnamon or Blue-winged.  The females look quite similar and are difficult to tell apart.  The adult males not so much, but there were none of those around to help us out.

I stopped by the Andree Clark Bird Refuge on the way home for a brief visit.  The water level there is shockingly low. Good numbers of common birds there but again nothing out of the ordinary.

I had a stiff headwind all the way home which made for a slog.  I was happy for that ride to end!

Some photos from today:

A distant soaring Osprey

Heermann's Gull 

Teal - Blue-winged or Cinnamon.

After today the year's total still stands at 268

The Score: Vermont 264, Green Big Year 268

Today I rode a total of 34.4 miles

More later,

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