15 pelicans and 5 turtles

Kate had the day off and joined me on my walk yesterday. I was glad because besides the extra enjoyment I got from having company, Kate is a better spotter and counter than I am. The pelicans were especially difficult to get a bead on but we finally came to a solid count of fifteen. I observed them invading the space of the cormorants at multiple points around the lake. Besides the pelicans we spotted a great blue heron nestled in the California bullrushes approaching the island. There were five turtles on the usual log and when we rounded the island we looked across the lake and saw a great egret that wasn't there when we were on that side.

I've been focusing on the pelicans lately because they're easy to spot, have a small enough number to count and they're usually only around for a short time. Some years they don't show up at all. 

I sometimes do mindfulness on the Headspace app and Yesterday's Mediation was, Nothing Stays the Same. It reminded me of a quote by Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh that I try to keep to mind:

If you suffer, it's not because things are impermanent. It is because you believe things are permanent.