Going out on the boat with Faith is something I've wanted to do since I moved here.
I had one chance a few years ago to attend the Heron Festival and ride a pontoon boat to go bird-watching. It was so terrific. We saw a very rare bird called a bittern, which I got one pretty lousy picture of! I had such a great day bird-watching and enjoying the lake that day!
Faith is Faith Rigolosi who runs Eyes of the Wild with her husband, Jim. Eyes of the Wild offers great tours of Clear Lake via pontoon boat and Faith has one incredible eye for the beautiful birds in the area. She also is quite the photographer so most of the incredible bird shots you see provided by the County are the results of her work. Faith regularly goes out and keeps an eye on the bird happenings and who’s coming and going on the Lake so when it’s time to see specific types of birds, Faith knows if they’re here and where they are.
Down the road from us, a pair of Osprey has a nest on a special platform provided by the county just for them to use (to keep them out of the electrical wires). Every spring, I watch for signs of their return, and watch when the babies start poking their heads above the nest, and spreading their wings getting ready for eventual take-off. I'm pretty sure one day my car will be rear-ended, because I just stop in the middle of the road around a sharp corner, looking at the nest and hoping to spot the "little" ones. Sadly, I learned that the male was electrocuted and died last year. I hope Mama either finds a new mate, or one of her babies takes over the nest next year. I really look forward to seeing them.
I think there is also a pair that nests in a tree in our back yard, but I have yet to actually verify the presence of a nest (I think I see it but maybe it's just a spot with a lot of leaves… eventually I'll figure it out) so maybe it's the platform pair out hunting. I don't know their range.
We have a pretty great selection of birds right here in the yard. We keep a finch feeder, several hummingbird feeders (no red food coloring, please), a few feeders full of wild bird seed, and a box made by The Woodpecker for suet cakes. During breakfast, guests get a great show by watching all the birds take advantage of the variety of food we leave out for them. There is even a family of quail that wander through the garden in the morning and evening, scratching and picking up what the other sloppy birds have dropped.
I’ve had the very wonderful opportunity to get out on the lake three times now with Faith of http://www.eyesofthewild.us — twice as part of a “mermaid day” with a group of lovely ladies. We bring lunch and wine, and jewelry to trade, and have such fun bird-watching, soaking up the sun, and cooling off with a dip in the lake.
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