Monday, June 9, 2008

Flock of Herons

We enjoyed a really nice walk out at the Boy Scout Camp on Sunday. It was a little gray in town but the sky opened up for us and the sun felt really good when you got out of the breeze. We saw this group of Great Blue Heron feeding as the tide was coming back in. You don't usually see this many heron together so it must have been a family, that's my guess. Normally you'd only see 1 or maybe 2 at the most. At one point one of the smaller heron pulled a very long fish out of the water. At first I thought it was seaweed but you could see the catch squirm. The lucky heron got chased around but he (or she) kept the prize. I can't figure out what kind of fish it was though - looked like an eel.

The wildflowers are really starting to take off. As you exit the woods on the Boy Scout Beach trail you enter a lovely meadow. This time of year its filled with blue lupine, pink shooting star, yellow marsh marigolds, some kind of white and green orchid (I haven't been able to identify it) among many other colorful species. And my favorite, the chocolate lily!

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