The month of March is going out, much like it came in…wild, windy and wet!!
so the first thing we noticed today was the rising water level!
not making a lot of difference here by the shore yet….
but definitely making a difference out on the flats! It was while I was looking in this direction I spotted…
a coyote trotting along. We know, from footprints, scat left behind and from hearing them howling…that there are a lot of coyote in the area…we just don’t often get to see them, especially during day light hours.
This one must have realized we were there and I lost sight of it soon after taking this picture. There had not been one single water fowl anywhere, in fact apart from some Steller’s Jay and a few Robins there were no birds.
back at the viewing platform I took this picture to compare with the one I took a few days ago…a lot of the ‘flats’ are now under water down there at the far end. This area of riparian habitat, when you just stood and listened was full of little birds…
Ruby Crowned Kinglet (and some Gold Crowned – no picture).
Black-capped Chickadee….suddenly a Jay flew over crying its alarm cry – and every bird disappeared from sight.
I could hear Killdeer out there somewhere….and a Wilson’s Snipe flew from this spot. This rising water is actually good timing for us bird watchers. April is the month when shorebirds will be migrating through…with less dry space out there, it will force them closer to shorelines where we will stand more of a chance of seeing them.
one last picture of the rising water in the first bay.