WILDERNESS JOURNAL: SPRINGTIME IN THE WETLANDS
After the misty morning fog and clouds had worn off, all was perfectly still. The bright blue sky was the perfect invitation for a walk through the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. And with the sun out, I was not the only one in the wetlands. Springtime means baby animals and several baby bunnies bounded by with their white cotton tails bobbing behind them. Sneaking through a hole under the fence they vanished into the undergrowth.
As I walked I could see some fungus (mushrooms) growing on some old tree stumps and several others of a brown color blending into the the darker parts of the grass. Up ahead the trail opened up and you could see the ocean and the whole wetlands spread out below. It is such a beautiful sight to see. So many different native plants like prickly pear cactus were beginning to flower and several California poppies were raising their bright yellow faces to the brilliant blue sky above.
In a less grassy area along the path, a large group of crows (a murder of crows) were systematically turning over rocks and picking up sticks in a field. They would check one and hop on to the next all spread out from one another but intent on their search for some food. None of the crows fought over their finds or their area but worked in unison looking for their lunch. One crow, thirsty from her effort flew over to a sprinkler head set up in the field. It was off but when she bounced up and down on it several drops of water began to flow out. She had figured out how to get water on a hot summer afternoon! I knew crows are clever birds but this was completely fascinating. In fact it appeared that several other crows knew
how to do the same thing! And they seemed to be enjoying their afternoon of eating and drinking quite well. My own stomach growled and I knew it was time to head back and get some lunch and water for myself! It never ceases to amaze me how incredibly wild and wonderful the wetlands are! So teeming with all different kinds of life from large to small from many to a few.