The Laguna de Santa Rosa stands at a little more than 60 feet above sea level today. Enough water for good paddling over the flooded farm fields north of Sebastopol. When the outing began it was 48° F with partly cloudy skies and very little wind.
There was not much activity on the Laguna this morning. It was quiet at first. Then some bird activity from afar caught my attention.
At the north end of the Laguna pond about 30 pairs of Double crested Cormorants are nesting in two trees at the northeast corner of the largest pool of water in the Laguna near Delta Pond.
They were active. One bird of each pair sat on the nest while its mate went out into the reedy areas nearby to retrieve materials…..
to make the nest just a little more comfortable.
Roosting Double crested Cormorants make low croaking noises reminiscent of bullfrog song—a Cormorant choir concerto that went on and on. You can hear a recording of their roosting sounds here. Click on the button labelled “Various calls by adults at roost.”
By late morning, a dark cloud blew in from the Pacific and delivered a vigorous rain shower It was wet enough to chase the camera below deck and bring the outing to an end.
The map below shows no water because this area is dry land in summer. But it is navigable in winter and spring after good rains.