Bat-Bird and the Drizzly Morning

tennis ball

Tennis ball adds a touch of color to otherwise monochrome beaver dam.

An overcast and drizzly Sunday morning in Colorado was a wonderful novelty here in the sunniest state, a good morning to check in with the wild residents at City Park.

Yes, there is a beaver lodge under all that shrubbery!

Yes, there is a beaver lodge under all that shrubbery!

We were not early enough to catch sight of the beavers before they headed off to sleep but their lodge is covered with a lot more greenery since we were there about a month ago.

The addition of a plank facilitates duck crossing.

The addition of a plank facilitates duck crossing.

Repairs have been made at the main dam. The ducks thought the new plank was helpful as it is difficult to climb over all those branches with webbed feet. Perhaps the addition of the tennis ball was just for a colorful accent.

The elegant white heron was walking slowly back and forth across the creek, occasionally dipping into the water.  Heron with fishAfter swallowing a nice sized fish he resumed his patient stroll.

Down in the bushes by the stream we found a black-crowned night heron, a handsome two-toned fellow.  They are most active at dusk and at night. Perhaps he was enjoying the overcast morning.black crowned night heron cropped

The solar powered pump in the little pond is popular with birds of all sorts. As we approached a medium sized dark bird was spreading his wings in his imitation of Bat-bird. His reflection in the still pond added to the effect.

Bat-Bird

Bat-Bird

Momma Mallard was leading the troupe on a swim around the pond while white heron looked on.

Momma Mallard leads the way

Momma Mallard leads the way

Diligent runners raced by occasionally and the prairie dogs kept a constant vocal vigil when we got too close to their territory. But, on the whole it was a wonderful quiet interlude to enjoy our feathered friends.

We will come back soon.

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