the last few mornings patche and i have been rolling out of bed at 7am to go to a huge park and trail system tucked away in the foothills to go birding. i borrowed some binoculars from my dad, who has several very nice gnarly pricey pairs only justifyable by that literally being his job, and we got really into it.
we’ve been going out multiple times per day for multiple hours just hanging out and watching the guys, it’s been super cool. i’m starting to be able to id some birds super quickly even in flight, or by their call.
we went to the harbor yesterday and there was a big tree absolutely chock full of snowy egrets, great blue herons, and black-crowned night herons. we saw one of the great blue herons stuff food some kids gullets there was another tree we could see top-down from a watchtower and we watched a great blue heron land in in with a stick, carefully orient and position its stick, then sit in its nest for a while