In the dim light I spotted the snowy egret, returned to its place in the shallows. It was too far away to see its large, bright yellow feet which it uses to stir up the mud.
Then we spotted a roiling in the water. What could be causing the wakes, the turbulence. The light was dim and I didn't have my bins then "SPLASH", OK, beaver. I don't have to see them to recognize them when they slap the water with their tail.
We also saw some year-round residents, a young coyote and the rabbits that supply sustenance to the coyotes tribe.
I look forward to the coming seasons as the birds return and we see a new generations of all the creatures that inhabit the nearby open spaces.