Early afternoon walk in the Laguna
Back on the Cherryridge property...
Surprise backyard visitor, this small California weasel, eating sunflower seeds under the feeders, and getting some water
Nesting is well advanced in the park, this male bluebird keeps a sharp eye on me as I approach its nest box - when I finally walk away, it immediately flies to the box (below)
Nesting begins on Cherryridge
There goes the neighborhood! Hoped this hawk wouldn't deter the nesting Violet-green swallows, and it seems that it hasn't, thankfully.
Special trip to the Heron and Cormorant rookery, not usually accessible to the general public, for the spring nesting activities of the Great Blue Heron and the Double-breasted Cormorant. This year there were mostly cormorants...every year the grouping of birds is different - unfortunately, a very overcast morning, photos were not taken in the best light....
There were lots of swallows zooming all around the pond, and then one of the group leaders said among them were swifts! These are similar to swallows, except they flutter their wings more when they fly, and have shorter tails.
Swifts are known for roosting in chimneys and other similar structures, as they do not perch, and spend most of their lives in the air.
At one of the water pumping buildings along the pond, barn swallows had nests, and you could see the young chicks at some of the openings, waiting for a parent to return with food.
Meanwhile, around the Cherryridge Property...