Sunday, April 26, 2009

Playa Lakes, Part 2


The other day, I told you about the playa lakes on our place.

On our adventure the other day, the kids and I saw several ducks and at least a dozen American Avocets. These birds are really cool looking--their beaks are long and skinny. They eat invertebrates in the water. When we came to the water, the ducks immediately flew off, but the Avocets stayed and talked to yelled at us. I'd bet they are probably breeding/nesting, since they wouldn't go far.

It is amazing to me how fast the birds found our water and how quickly the water has life in it that can sustain birds. Playa lakes are really their own little ecosystems.