Fleeing the nest

4 Jul

Tree Swallow

We are off for a few days.  We’re taking Gage up for a long visit with my parents up in the High Sierra.  He’s so excited!  Hiking!  Art!  Mimi and Bumpa to himself.  Bliss!

I don’t have time for a full report on my adventures but yesterday I had the luxury of a day with my sister, Jody.  We had a wonderful Japanese lunch — mmmmm, tempura!  And, then we headed out to Shoreline Park in Mountain View for some serious bird watching.  The goal was to see the Burrowing Owls that nest out there but they are done nesting in early July and they were gone . . . darn clock watchers!  Still, we saw some amazing birds.  A smattering of our lucky finds can be seen on Flickr (Santa Clara County Birds set).  My lifers for the day were:

  • Forster’s Tern
  • Least Tern
  • Surf Scoter (only because I somehow missed putting it in eBird when I saw it a couple years ago)

P.S.  Happy 4th of July everyone!  For the best 4th message I could find, go visit the Stoke’s blog {click}.  It’s beyond delightful!


6 Responses to “Fleeing the nest”

  1. BEG 4 July, 2008 at 7:03 am #

    Hope your sunburn wasn’t TOO bad! Sounds like a lovely day yesterday! We’re planning on a bbq and then watching fireworks from the beach.

  2. jodyss 4 July, 2008 at 7:14 am #

    I have sunburn also. Aren’t we silly? Nevertheless it was a wonderful day. Have fun in the boonies.

  3. jayne 4 July, 2008 at 7:24 am #

    What a beautiful photo Liza! A happy 4th to you and yours too. :c)

  4. wren 4 July, 2008 at 5:56 pm #

    You caught the light through his wings perfectly. What a striking photo. I hope the rest of your visit was as pleasant.

  5. Czar 5 July, 2008 at 7:38 am #

    The artificial bird’s nest on the photo is somewhat very well-created. I think I’m going to build one just like that for some birds that visit near in my house. There are lots of migratory and domestic birds flying here every year. I think one of them is the Least Tern. That bird is really attractive to my eyes. Seeing it fly relaxes me.

    Are you a bird lover?

  6. Wende 5 July, 2008 at 8:47 pm #

    Those birds were great! Happy 4th and enjoy the trip. 😀

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