A walk around Lake Balboa in the valley is a mini bird viewing tour. The lake is a manmade one, really manmade, the water isn’t diverted from elsewhere. It is reclaimed water from the Tillman reclamation plant. One of these days people will recognize that this water is pure enough for our faucets. Until then, we have a lovely park with a lake, and much more water flowing down the LA river.Water brings water birds, like your standard teal duck. There are also geese, domesticated and a few Canada geese who are probably never going home.
The ducks enjoy floating on the water and eating fish and grubs. The lake is stocked with fish and many a fisherman enjoy a lazy afternoon along side the lake.The cormorant isn’t as buoyant as the ducks, most of its’ body is underwater.
Which is why it needs to spread it’s wings to both dry off and cool down.
Speaking of ducks, here is an unusual fellow, nice tuft on his head. There were a number of these ducks, so it must be some sort of breed.
Not sure what this fellow is.
This egret sure can twist his neck!In any city park you will find squirrels, especially if someone is feeding them.
You looking at me?
Yes I am, do you have a problem with that?
Me! Me! Look at me! Ok, the common pidgeon is a bird too, I guess he deserves a spot in this post as well.Leah