The more we know of other forms of life, the more we enjoy and respect ourselves . . . Humanity is exalted not because we are so far above other living creatures but because knowing them well elevates the very concept of life. —E.O. Wilson
A visit to Abbott’s Lagoon always proves rewarding and never fails to offer a fresh experience. I’ve strolled down to the main lagoon dozens of times over the years and each visit is unique and memorable. Last August I met an American badger on the trail (link posting #2) and now I expect to see him every time I come, though apparently that was a one-time treat. Other encounters have included long-tailed weasel, coyote, bobcat, golden eagle, lark bunting, chestnut-collared longspur . . . It’s a long list. Although many of these sightings are lucky happenstance, there are also reliable encounters to be had. Today’s outing provided the usual suspects—pelicans, terns, snowy plover—but also some surprises, as expected. The following images are in order of appearance on this morning’s walk.
Acknowledgments: Thanks to Seth Bunnell for help with insect identification.
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Selasphorus Hummingbird sp.
Naturalist and writer Jules Evens has lived near Point Reyes for over 30 years. He is the founder of Avocet Research Associates and the author of The Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula and An Introduction to California Birdlife (both UC Press).
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