On monday we went for a lovely walk along the beach at Malibu pier. There were lots and lots of birds on the ocean side as well as in the lagoon.
The water in the lagoon was a little low but it was beautiful nevertheless. I love watching the pelicans and cormorants land and take-off. They have to expand quite a lot of energy to get airborne. The snowy egrets are adorable with their yellow feet and fluffy white feathers. You can sometimes get quite close to them just walking along the beach and get a decent picture, unlike with the other birds that keep their distance. (I don’t have a long zoom lens)
The following picture is not that great, but the egret is. It’s a great white egret among the snowy egrets.
On the way back we had to cross Malibu Creek again where it flows into the ocean. The water was very cold!
It was difficult to estimate how deep the water was, and on the way in we were hesitating before going in. Some other people joined us and urged us to try it first, even though they were the ones wearing shorts and we were wearing jeans! In the end I went in first, with rolled up jeans, and the water only came up to about my knees, so we kept everything dry.
The squirrel ate all the bird seed when I first put up the bird feeder and I’ve been trying to come up with a solution. I’ve covered the feeder with a cage with holes the birds can enter easily but which are too small for the squirrels. See here the result:
I was quite wrong, however, thinking the squirrel couldn’t get in. Today he entered through the same small holes as the birds. Maybe squirrels are like cats, and their bodies can go wherever their heads can.
The joke’s on me!
Today was a lovely rainy day. Lovely to stay home and not do much of anything, with time to watch the bird feeder I made last week. A pole with a tray on top stuck in a very bushy rose bush. P was home as well and he first noticed the birds. Last week in Malibu we bought black sunflower seeds on purpose to have a real gourmet treat for the birds, but until today there was little interest. The first guests were house sparrows and white-crowned sparrows and they are great fun to watch.
Later in the day we had a larger critter looking for a snack: our neighborhood squirrel, who also loves sunflower seeds, and can quickly eat a whole dish full. I chased him off about seven times and am now thinking about how I can make a cage for the feeder so he can’t get to the seeds anymore. There are lots of trees in the neighborhood with fruit for him to munch on and he even likes to eat roses.
In the afternoon we went for a quick walk on the beach since it was dry for a while. Of course it started raining right away when we got there but luckily not very hard and we had a nice walk. Here too lots of birds.
Birds must like rainy weather. I’ve never seen so many plovers and sand pipers, with the occasional tern and gull. Also geese in the water and a few pelicans flying by. (even an airplane now and then).
Tomorrow I’m going to show you some of the pictures I made this last weekend in San Clemente, where we stayed at the state park on the bluff above the beach.