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Gen Z Invasion. In the Nature Reserve.

I haven’t had the time to take a walk for quite a few days, so I started feeling the deficit today. You know, like an itch in the soul and tingling in the toes. I knew that a long walk on the beach and in the nature reserve would provide a complete cure. So that’s what I did.

Arriving in the nature reserve, I discovered that the Gallinule kids had grown up in the last one month, transformed from fluffy black fur balls to beautiful teenagers.

Common Gallinule chick
Gallinule chick on June 4
Two common gallinule chicks
Two chicks on June 15

The three chicks didn’t want to pose for a portrait together (what’s new?), but here’s how they all look today. They are about two-thirds of the size of mom now, And they  don’t want to be seen with her. They are full of energy and busy exploring the world on their own.  Luckily I didn’t see them thumbing on smart phones  🙂

gallinule  juvenile
Gallinule teen July 8

Walking a bit further, I found a young roseate spoonbill. She was sleeping in the shadow of a tree and woke up when I approached her “bed”. She gave me the look. You’re waking me up and it’s not yet even noon.

sleeping roseate spoonbill
Roseate spoonbill sleeping in a tree
roseate spoonbill
You woke me up!

Then to my total surprise, the young osprey came to say hello. She’s been hanging around on the bay-side (across the street from the park) after she left the nest about three weeks ago.  Thanks to excellent binoculars I’ve seen her fishing on the bay and then eating the fish on her favorite lamp-post at the sailing club. Now she flew right over her birth home, fairly high up, and looked down on me.  Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures, but she didn’t send me a text that she was coming 🙂 It was great to see her again “in person”, even if very briefly!

My friend, young osprey flies over the nest
My friend, young osprey, flies over the nest and nods a greeting…
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The young osprey flies over to the bay-side

There were so many gen Zs in the reserve today, they far outnumbered all the other generations. Next, I saw the resident great blue heron patrolling the marsh. He’s  a mature adult, a boomer like me. I bet he’s the Mayor of the marsh. Always there, always in control.

The Great Blue Heron, Mayor of the marsh...
The Great Blue Heron, Mayor of the marsh…

There were several other herons present in his municipality. I saw the green heron again. He was taxing out on the sand dune and then took off.

green heron in flight 708

Before I left the reserve, I spotted a tri-colored heron. She’s such a beautiful and gracious bird. And a great fisher too.

Tri-colored Heron
Tri-colored Heron

I’m quite sure the night heron was there too. He’s always hiding in the bushes around the marsh and very difficult to spot.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the walk, whether gen x, y, z or an older version like me. Have a great week.

We Are All Peachy

I have to start my guest post (yes, mom allowed me to write the weekend reading again) by saying that I love our beach!  Although I’m not allowed to walk right on the sand. Mom says that babies crawl in the sand and if I accidentally do my business there, it’s not good for the babies. Who could disagree with that? And I would absolutely refuse to wear diapers, like they do! Very restrictive.

But we have other beaches nearby where babies are not allowed. They are just for us dogs. I have to say I’m not crazy about swimming anyway…or rain for that matter. Too wet. But observing the beach from the terrace is fun! I’ve spotted many dolphins and a few manatees in my days here. No sharks as yet.

There are animals on the beach, don’t be fooled. Alligators, like the one here. I’ve seen them when we walk in the nature reserve that borders to the beach. But there is something more exciting in the reserve itself: birds. Lots of birds. They stay in the marsh, mostly.

And if they dare to come onto my walking path, I’ll immediately test whether they can fly. I have a scientific mind like that. I can tell you that all of them do fly. These Ibis birds too!

We usually go to the park in the morning when it’s not yet hot. But I love to walk mom in the evening too…warm and nice.  Slight breeze from the ocean. Always green grass and nice lamp posts available along the sidewalk. Good for business.

Sometimes we meet other dogs and I get nose kisses…And coming home it’s so nice to curl up in the sofa. On my black and white cat pillow. Or even better on the king bed. I can sleep sideways and take more than half of the space if I stretch my legs really long! Good luck mom, if you think you can get some space in addition to the two of us…Or you could sleep on the couch in your office.  Or in the guest room. Just a couple of suggestions.

Life is quite peachy, or is it beachy? Not much to worry about. That’s all for today, need to go check if there are any new treats in my bowl. The little banana-chicken ones are to die for!  Soft and chewy, highly recommended. Oh and I should say, have a peachy weekend folks!

Saturday in the Park

There is a park in a small corner of your mind’s eye

where the birds build their nests and the dragonflies come to play

where spring flowers extend their petals toward the sun

and where the Blue Heron is deeply engaged in observation.

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You are invited too, come and take a slow stroll or a quick spin

let your worries melt away, your mind become clear of clutter

allow the blue skies do a spring cleaning in your heart

and refill your soul on this Saturday in the park.

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Sunday Morning Surprises

Our nature reserve

This morning my little poodle decided to take me for a walk in the neighboring nature reserve. The weather was gorgeous, crisp and sunny. We took the birding trail close to the marsh to see if we could spot any birds on our way to the beach.

bird trail

As my companion went about his business, I spotted a huge blue heron on a tiny “island” next to the trail.

blue heron

It was calmly inspecting the waters for something to eat for breakfast and did not care about us walking close by.

bird in the marsh

Soon we spotted a smaller crane bird in the water very close to the trail. And further back, on the other side of the marsh, there were two white herons enjoying themselves in the morning sun.

white cranes

The bird trail leads right onto the beach and there we spotted another blue heron seemingly contemplating a fishing trip in the ocean.

another blue heron on the beach

And of course we spotted many sea gulls and pelicans on the beach as well. They seemed to have found a shoal of small fish and were having a free Sunday brunch!

sea gulls and pelicans

This little Sunday morning stroll suddenly turned into a bird watching walk and I wished I would have taken my better camera gear instead of just carrying my iPhone, a bottle of water and a doggy bag.

walking home through the reserve

Life can be full of pleasant surprises, sometimes just a block away from home!