It’s amazing how much wildlife coexists with human enterprise in urban areas. Los Gatos creek is a major riparian corridor in San Jose CA that attracts not only humans anxious to flex their muscles while exercising along the trail that parallels the creek, but a wide variety of birds that utilize the ponds and creek that drain upstream reservoirs. Even though rain recharges the reservoirs in the winter, the creek runs all year, sustaining this narrow band of riparian habitat.
A couple of Hooded Mergansers float under drooping Sycamore branches, carried along on the creek’s current.
The area is particularly inviting when trees and annual plants (like the poppies in the lower right corner) are in flower.
It isn’t hard to find noisy Canada Geese, but the Cormorant resting with them on the shoreline was a surprise.
Such beautiful blue-green eyes — and the wispy feathers behind its eyes are the reason it’s called the Double-crested Cormorant.
A couple of male Hooded Mergansers were showing off for the females
“Look at me — I’m cooler than the other guy…”
Male Ring-necked Ducks were escorting females around also.
Spring is in the air here — flowers blooming, birds singing, males showing off their stuff, it’s a welcome treat for a winter-weary traveler.