Mare Island Birding

10417781_728524093894137_7242306047470253860_nThe Ospreys are nesting — in pine trees and the tops of dead palms (and a light tower) — near the water on Mare Island. I went to look at them this morning, peering through a pair of borrowed binoculars. I saw a parent bring a fish to three birds in the nest! Extraodordinary to see.

Three White Pelicans went soaring overhead, through the blue sky, at one point. At another, I saw a White in the water, and a Brown Pelican skimming along the Vallejo-side of the shoreline.

I saw two baby Great Blue Herons in a giant nest in a pine, and I saw a young Heron, looking nearly full-grown but still more brown than blue (or grey really), standing on the platform near three tiers of lights at the top of a metal pole.

The White-Tailed Kites were wonderful to see, too. Beautiful birds. I saw two sitting opposite one another in a pine tree. I saw them in flight, too.

The tall pines definitely attract the raptors. The largest bird I saw was a full-grown Osprey at the top of an evergreen, looking around at everything. In flight, the osprey’s wings take the shape of a shallow “M.” It’s quite distinctive, and forever after, with or without binoculars, I will be able to recognize them when they are flying high in the sky.

There were lots of smaller birds, too, including a pair of Hummingbirds who sped away. I saw a tiny Warbling Vireo as well, white-breasted, in a green tree. It was such a quiet moment. The bird was so tiny! I love tiny birds.

There were Tree Swallows nesting nearby, and perhaps my favorite moment, as I walked up the trail, was when I saw a young Tree Swallow chick in a chain link fence. The mother flew by, and fluttering in mid-air, fed the little one. I saw that moment, sans binoculars, close-up.

I truly enjoy watching what birds do.

“Let every created thing give praise to the LORD,

for he issued his command, and they came into being!”

Psalm 148:5 (NLT)




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