Good Morning Barbara,
Yes, you are right, our migratory SWALLOWS are leaving and are replaced by an other migratory air acrobat, the TERNS. Standing by the Trestle a friend and I engaged in “ What beak belongs to what TERN species?”: “Yeah, that’s a CASPIAN TERN. Just look at the bright red-orange thick beak with that dark mark at the tip” “ Over there is an ELEGANT TERN. It’s smaller and the beak is slender, solid yellow-orange-y.” “Is that a ROYAL TERN?” “Looks like it. It’s bigger than an ELEGANT and has a thicker solid orange beak.” Eager to test your TERN beak id skills? Then go in the early morning to the San Lorenzo Point above the river mouth where the TERNS hang out to rest and perform fancy dive maneuvers.
So…here we go again: the surfers are rumored to be humming the tune” Summertime and river mouth breaching is easy- fish are leaving and the water is low-your waves are rich and mamma isn’t looking- so hush little river-don’t you cry.” The other morning I saw a channel in the sandbar and the water was seeping out slowly with the result that the lagoon was drained by the afternoon. This year we have had only a few days of our usual coastal “Lagoon”, which means that the City has been spared the expense of a controlled breach since no Lagoon equals no flooding. It will be interesting to read the next fish survey and find out if the steeelhead population remained stable without the Lagoon condition.
A while back I told you about river fish newcomers. The Bluegill is one of them. It’s a warm-water fish and so it’s worth mentioning that it was observed spawning near Mike Fox Park, which has saltwater. The bluegill, related to the sunfish, will be a new food source for the Kingfisher and Herons. For us humans the bluegills will be an eye-candy with its blue and purple on the face, dark olive-colored bands down the side, and a fiery orange to yellow belly.
Well, as you know the Downtown Recovery Plan required an EIR for the proposed amendments for building height increases: from Soquel Ave. to Laurel St. from 50’ to 70’ along Front St. along the river side and 75’/85’ on other side of Front St. According to the EIR Chapter the effect these developments would be minimal to the San Lorenzo River wildlife which I find astounding, considering that there are endless studies available addressing the building development impacts on wildlife. The EIR is out now, so take a look at Biological Resources and submit your comments by Sept. 8th. This pic. gives you an idea what these proposed amendments will look like. For more pics. go to Aesthetics
You and I have met Alan Martin separately as he diligently cares for our levee. Over time we discovered that he is one of those people, who make us starry eyed: he gets the essence of the diverse, rich San Lorenzo River wildlife habitat. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when Janet sent me his “‘my short drive on santa cruz riverwalk’ video. It wonderfully captures every day river moments accentuated by his own fine music composition. Aren’t we fortunate to have people like him take care of our levee and gift us a testimony of the river delights? Enjoy his video by clicking on the title, jane