Jordan Dam, Haw River: How does a great blue heron go about swallowing a fish that is bigger than his own head and throat? Remembering that birds are living dinosaurs and therefore closely related to reptiles, I think the birds work at relaxing the muscles of their jaw and throat until they can work their way around the fish. You will see several pauses while this fledgling heron goes utterly still – I think that is when he is resting and allowing his muscles to stretch. That’s my take on the situation. He also occasionally dips the fish back into the water to keep it wet and maintain its slipperiness. The whole episode took more than 10 minutes … I have put up only the last part of the heron’s work. As to the trash, I wish people were more careful about the environment and took their trash out with them.
You know that saying about “busy as a bee”? Just for the fun of it I caught this common eastern bumblebee gathering pollen and slowed his flight down, a wee bit. It was great fun watching a pollinator at work!
Jordan Lake Dam and Haw River. The lake is all the way up to 226.92 feet. It may actually hit 227ft. today. Looks like no rain forecast for today. However the rest of the week looks wet again. It is certainly good being back out to the lake today. I hope each of you gets a chance to get outdoors, breathe fresh air and take a walk even if it’s just down to the corner and back. Have a blessed day. Take care, be safe. Be well!
On my way to see a veterinary patient this morning I stopped by the dam. The whole area was suffused in a gold and mauve fog and a brilliant sun rising above the ground clouds. Take care. Be safe. Oh, be very, very well. Peace and grace, Doc Ellen
A beautiful morning with birds as the chorus. May we see more and more healthy days filled with joy and not sadness. May we each reach out to family and friends and touch them in ways of safety for all. Take care. Be safe. Be well. Peace and Grace, Doc Ellen