“…..I know the croaking chorus from the Frogs of Aristophanes”.
Several months past the lake was loaded with thousands of giant pollywogs. These have developed into juvenile bullfrogs and now the surface of the lake is dotted with thousands of frogs eyes and heads. Alas, the only bird taking advantage is a single green heron. There are apparently no fish in the lake large enough to swallow one of these guys. I suspect that the great egrets, great blue herons and snowy egrets that were here recently will return and clean out this glut of frogs soon enough.
Some of the birds seen this weekend include tricolored blackbird, yellow-headed blackbird, vermilion flycatcher, ash-throated flycatcher, northern flicker, Harris’ hawk(2), Red-shouldered hawk, Scott’s, Hooded and Bullock’s Orioles, White-throated swift, Yellow Warbler, juvenile Virginia rail, Lesser nighthawk (5) and Black-headed grosbeak.
Numerous begging juvenile tricolored blackbirds and several families of black-headed grosbeaks with begging youngsters.
An interesting statue has appeared at the Chinese Castle. Similar to the statues that Dennis Avery (of the label company fame) placed around Borrego Springs.