Although it is herring season, I seem to have found heron season! On Sunday the weather invited me out to the beach, but I soon found out that a group of real birders had the same idea ~
I furtively took a photo of them and then high-tailed it down the road...just in time to see a Great Blue Heron very slowly lifting his right foot out of the marsh...
On Monday we headed to Victoria for my youngest son's birthday dinner. A visit to Beacon Hill Park came first though. A walk up to the viewpoint showed the shimmering Strait of Juan de Fuca, but low cloud obscured the Olympic Mountains in Washington State.
It was such a delight to see daffodils beginning to open and blossoms appearing on the trees. As usual, I had my eye on the birds, as did a little green person ~
This seagull interacted with a rather long stick ~
One of the iridescent resident (say that 5 times fast ;) peacocks ~
I wondered if the heronry was back in business! The Beacon Hill Park Heronry was a thriving location for Great Blue Herons for many years before the birds were sent packing by a few Bald Eagles that terrorized the area. In recent years some herons have returned and are gradually settling in. Bare trees made for easy spotting ~ ~ here are a few photos ~
After that wonderful visit to the park, two of my sons and I headed over to a tea shop for a visit and later on it was time for dinner where we met the rest of the crew. A lovely day, and were back home by 10:30 p.m.