After the Rain at the Marsh

Posted November 18th, 2011 by John Callender

Last Saturday was my turn as docent at the marsh, but as sometimes happens at this time of year, no one showed up for the tour. Which was a shame, because it was a really nice day for a walk in the marsh, so I gave myself a tour and snapped a few photos.

It had rained the night before, and was near a max high tide (+5.9), so the basin next to Ash Avenue was full of water, with lots of ducks feeding in the inundated pickleweed. There were mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), blue-winged and green-winged teal (A. discors and A. carolinensis, respectively), and a single female northern shoveler (A. clypeata). In one group of green-winged teal a male was doing a really cute courtship display for the benefit of the nearby females; I’d never seen that before.

A branch of the big arroyo willow (Salix lasiolepis) near the amphitheater had blown down in the wind during the night:

Here’s a shot I took of the Franklin Creek bridge. If you’re used to the bridge’s appearance at an average tide, it’s really noticeable how high the tide is here:

Not far away, a good-sized raccoon (Procyon lotor) had left a trail through the mud:

All in all, a really nice walk at the marsh.

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