Parked at the elementary school today, as usual, I enjoyed watching the waterfowl that frequent the fishing pond at the school. The usual company of Great White heron, Great Blue heron, Anhinga, Terns, and White Ibis were joined by a new visitor. A couple of Little Blue herons poked along the shore. So easy to miss, and so lovely to see in their gleaming coats of blue.
We have three bald eagles who live in the trees adjacent to the school: a mated pair, and a single adult we assume is one of their previous offspring. Today a welcome new arrival at the pond as I saw a gorgeous adolescent perched on the fence still resplendent in its rich brown coat.
I hope the youngster sticks around the area as I would love to watch it grow up.
As it flew off into the trees, the White ibis came marching past, searching through the grass along the edge of the pond. Their procession is a familiar sight, but today, a newcomer in their midst, the streaked brown incongruous among the pure white of the group.
I’d never seen a juvenile at the school, as this group doesn’t nest near the pond, so it was a joy to behold strutting among them.
A wonderful continuation of the story of this small pond… the colors of things to come.