Water birds

Watching water birds at Evergreen Lake is fun. I’m allowed to be a stalker, watching their moves while they don’t seem to notice me at all.

I love watching the grebes dive under water swimming up Little Bear Creek. It’s a game to guess when they will reappear. I’m usually surprised how far they travel underwater. And amazed as they dive again and again without slowing down or seeming to tire as they swim up the quickly moving stream.

Watching ducks is more like watching puppies at play. Floating along they tilt foward, leaving only butt feathers visible as they bob like a cork. When they right themselves they act as if nothing has happened. Moms and babies dart in circles and zig zags as if they are wind up toys that have been over wound.

Watching the geese fly over the lake in their v-formation, then drop into the lake I see they have a regal attitude. They form groups as if they are tourists out for the day. They float along grebes, boats and paddle boards without any sign of hesitation or fear.

Evergreen has lots of wildlife, but what makes the lake special is that you get to see it up close.

Evergreen Lake

I love early morning to walk Evergreen Lake while it is still quiet.It attracts a lot of visitors, particularly in the summer, but visitors and even most locals wait until mid-morning to show up. This is the time to watch the animals, listen to the birds, and enjoy the mirror like images on the surface of the water.

Near the lake house I found a small group of elk enjoying the water. Walking slowly through the water which reaches the top of their legs, they are not bothered by the ice cold water. They give me a glance and continue on their stroll.

A red-winged blackbird perches on the reeds behind the lake house. The small flash of color contrasts against the light straw color of the reeds and the bright green of the golf course beside the park. It flies from one perch to another, occasionally hidden from sight as it dips into the reeds.

Canadian geese follow each other while periodically calling out. Soon they will be joined b their chubby little chicks.

A cormorant swims near the boat docks. At first I watch the bird expose its body and then sink into the water leaving just a small dark head. Then I watch the bird disappear underwater, playing hide and seek. It is amazing how long it stays down and how far it swims while underwater.

I never know what I will see, but always know I will enjoy walk.

Thanksgiving Yaks

Usually I’m in the car when I visit the yaks. Today I’m walking. I’m excited to see what may be two families. The only problem is they look a lot bigger when I’m out of the car and the fence looks really weak.

As I focus on the picture I notice the yak really don’t seem to care about me in a good way, in a bad way, not anyway. I’m thankful for these yaks on many levels.

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