“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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Sunday Monring Silence...


This morning, Sunday, I woke up to a cloud-covered sky! Yipee, that meant there was a front that moved in and perhaps, even tho the humidity would still be high, at least it wouldn't be blistering outdoors; walking! A least as long as the clouds didn't break and then clear out. Please stay cloudy or at least partly cloudy long enough for me to get my 10K steps in....Outdoors!!! Yay!!

I decided I didn't want to drive far; no island hopping for me today. I just drove to Oso Bay Wetlands that is about 10 minutes from home. It's all open area, mostly chaparral with cactus, mesquite trees, a small bay inlet, several elevated decks for nature lovers and birders. I like this place on a quiet Sunday morning. It's one of my favorite local spots. Best thing about it is ... it's ALL Pedestrian. In other words, NO Bicycles!!! They are prohibited. And several paths to choose, covering miles of area. I try to walk about 90% of them on my outing.

The parking lot for the park is gated. And on Sundays they remain locked. Which is okay by me. I just park on the street, by the gate and go through the entrance on foot and begin my journey. Trust me, I was happy to be outside and enjoying the sea breeze and the lack of heat. Well, to you northerners it's still hot, but 79° felt mighty fine. No triple digits today. Not even the heat index.

On my walk-about, here's what I saw at the Wetlands on the Bay:  From aquatic plants and water lilies, to furry wildlife [a cottontail rabbit], birds such as doves, thrashers, black bellied ducks flying overhead, a painted bunting taking off from the treetop, the sun shortly shining but hidden by more cloud cover,  a Willet in flight just above the swamp grass, trail greenery, a new boardwalk along the bay side, a flycatcher high above me taking flight across the power line spindle, a snowy egret perched near low-lying cattail reed.  

I walked in this area for a couple of hours.  Upon returning to my car, I spotted two Scissortailed Flycatchers [birds], and they had a nest on a power pole!!!  With ONE baby in it that I spotted.  I stood and watched them for some time while taking photos of the activities for my bird photo blog, and then finally left for another park before heading home.  I was so enjoying the day!!