We believed that we’d be happier on our extended travels if we pursued our interests. We did – and we were. Time was well-spent reading, writing, painting, searching for the best apple pastry, and bird watching. We did very well at all these — except the bird watching.
Somehow, after many years of watching birds, we still plod along with little improvement in our ability to identify birds, when left on our own. A case in point is the bird below, seen on a walk along Los Gatos Creek Trail (CA), that we still haven’t been able to identify.
We walked on to see the water birds at the large Camden Recreational Ponds. We’d been there and to the ponds at nearby Vasona Resevoir on our last visit a year and a half ago, and this was our first visit back. We were excited to see what we might find. As we approached the pond, we couldn’t believe our eyes: a massive pit with no water. Where did the pond go?
Fortunately the nearby Los Gatos Creek did have some water. We took photos of several birds that afternoon along the trail and actually did manage to ID all but the bird above. We did take note that the bird population was much lower than we’d observed on previous visits when the ponds were full.
Our interest (and delight) in observing birds meshes well with our love of walking. Does it matter that no mater how hard we try, we’re just not that good at identifying birds? Not a bit!
(But if you know what that unidentified bird is in the photos above, we’d be happy to know!)