April 24, 2007
The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce has a very, very long list of neat things going on all of this year. Please bookmark its site!! I can’t repeat it all here but there’s tons going on and I think their info is the best for current happenings.
Regarding one of the current events…
Before Jim and I had kids, we lived for a few years in Santa Cruz, not far from the beach. We enjoyed a great view of Neary’s Lagoon (photo) and saw all kinds of strange and wonderful waterfowl – literally in our own back yard. I became a convert. First I bought a birding book. Then Jim gave me binoculars for Christmas one year. And then we were spending Saturdays going to Elkhorn Slough to go birdwatching. (As I say, it was “before kids”.)
It can happen to anyone. It could happen to you!
This Saturday, from 11-3, there’s an event at Vasona for young and old: “A Salute to Vasona’s Great Blue Herons at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos”. Before you yawn and say “no thanks”, let me explain that these birds are HUGE – we’re talking 4′ long and a 7′ wingspan!! When they fly you wonder if the albatross is this big. OK maybe you don’t wonder that… Maybe you just say “GEEZE that is a huge, huge bird!”
A lot clamors for your attention on a lovely Saturday in April. But if you have never seen a Great Blue Heron, now’s the time to change that. These birds are fairly rare and definitely majestic. The adults are enormous and will make you say “wow”.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a nest. Saturdays in spring tend to be pretty busy for us real estate types. But if I can create a little window, I I’ll be there, camera in hand. Great Blue Herons are worth making a pause in your day to see.
And imagine, they are right here, in our very own Los Gatos. With babies, no less.
See you at the park!