One of Five

illustration: National Audubon Society
This afternoon, around dinner time, I was driving home along route 1 through the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. On the south end of Bolsa Bay, I saw it: a reddish egret.

This is my second spotting of the bird, having confirmed the previous sighting with a naturalist at the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, and learning that there were (at that time) only five of the birds in the entire wetland conservation area.

 It's become the thing I look for when driving through there, much the same as I used to look for dolphins when driving over the intracoastal waterways on the bridges to the barrier islands in Florida:  something that really makes my day, a surprising (but obviously looked for) pleasure.