Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Six wings over Cougar Creek

The afternoon was hot, but rain threatened. We risked a quick walk around the lagoon in Cougar Creek Park. It's been a while; we were last there in January, when the lagoon was frozen over. And as always, we found much to interest us, new and old.

The old, but well worth seeing again:

Yes, we see you!

The great blue heron is a beautiful bird ...

... with horrible feet. Needs a manicure.

Caught with his mouth open. He was making an odd squeaking sound, like a rusty door hinge. I've never heard a heron do that before.

He didn't like it when I imitated him. "Impertinent human!" I think he said.

And four more spectacular wings, a tad smaller:

Updated: Eight-spotted skimmer. Thank you, Sara!

We tracked a red meadowhawk through the tall grasses, but it was far too fast for us. It was the first time I'd seen one in Cougar Creek.

New doings, new finds at CC, next.


  1. Close: I think you have an 8 spotted skimmer female, Libellula forensis. Thus the missing last spots.

  2. Thank you Sara! Yes, that's it. I was counting the little bars as spots, because I hadn't seen the 8-spotted ones.

    I'll update the post.

  3. Love that blue heron! I've never seen a close up of their feet before! I've heard them make a lot of weird noises, though.

  4. Interesting post and all of these pictures are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with us.


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