Nature and wildlife

Young eagle: They're so cute at that age

Eagle

Bill (Birdman) Gengler shares one of his nature photos and this note: "Took this picture today of what seems to be a juvenile bald eagle sitting on a power pole on the backside of Lake Calero.  It had a dinner in its claws and flew away into the trees to eat it.  Yes, the hawks and eagles are still around our lakes even though it is hot out there after Summer Solstice. Have a good day."

Adding catfish and bluegill to Laguna Joaquin

Bucket of fish

Rancho Murieta’s fish population got a boost Tuesday as 400 catfish and 200 bluegills found a new home in Laguna Joaquin. Luke Leonard of Fresh Water Fish Company released buckets of both at two coves on the lake known to be breeding areas for midge flies.  Rancho Murieta Association Maintenance Manager Rod Hart and RMA Director Larry Shelton, who oversaw the release, explained that the fish are part of an effort to control the insect infestations, improve water quality and add to recreational fishing at the lake. Shelton is the co-chair of the Midge Fly Ad Hoc Committee. Last month the RMA board voted to spend $1,800 to stock the lake, sharing the cost with Murieta Townhouses Inc., which is contributing $1,000. Below are a couple of bluegills.

Bluegills

A profile you'll be seeing at the post office

Squirrel

The other lunchtime, this light-fingered fellow was working his way from cart to cart in the Pro Shop parking lot. A passerby reported a Snickers bar had gone missing from her golf cart. Be on the lookout. Security has been notified. Click photo for larger image.

RMA addresses geese and midge-fly problems

[Brief published April 19] The Rancho Murieta Association board last week approved a low-cost effort to address problems with Canada geese at Lake Clementia and heard a report on approaches to clean the midge flies out of Laguna Joaquin. Read more »

An explosion of spring flowers on Pera

Pera poppies

Beth Buderus took this photo of a poppies riot on Pera Drive the other day. She says it's one of several homes where this spring's poppies have gone crazy. You can click the photo to see a larger image.

Birdman family portrait – and a presentation

Mute swans

Bill (Birdman) Gengler offers this family portrait and a note: "it looks like Mother Mute Swan let her babies out of the family's Bass Lake nest she has been sitting in for weeks. And mom and dad are swimming around with them on the lake.  Nice looking group!" Bill Gengler, along with 160 nature photos and his wealth of knowledge, will be addressing the Kiwanis Club at 7 p.m. tonight at the Villas Clubhouse. The public is invited. Birdman adds, "I will also answer questions about how easy it was to take these pictures and how the attendees might be able to do the same thing with very reasonably priced cameras and iPhones."

A hillside filled with the colors of spring

Wildflowers

It sure was springtime Thursday afternoon around Lake Clementia, where the hillsides were alive with wildflowers.

Watching and waiting over the nest

Swan's nest

Bill (Birdman) Gengler shares a photo and a note: "The bald eagle is still hanging out in its tree on Lake Clementia. Maybe building another nest, we hope.  But it wouldn't be the only one around Clementia.  Another of our bird residents, the mute swan, has built a nest at Bass Lake where previous nest residents have delivered young chicks. Dad and mom are waiting for the new kids to swim with them."

Birdman shares a Clementia eagle sighting

Clementia eagle

Bill (Birdman) Gengler shares this photo and note: "The Eagle is back in the tree at Clementia.  Took this picture at 6 p.m. Wednesday from the party area parking lot all the way across the lake. Have a long 65x optical lens on my Canon. The Birdman is pretty happy as well as the rest of the nature lovers in Rancho."

RMA is open to gate discussion – but not yet

The Rancho Murieta Association board of directors seemed open to a community conversation about what kind of gate would be best at Escuela Drive when Stonehouse Road is improved – but some directors at Tuesday night's board meeting thought it’s too soon to be talking. The board also continued its conversations about problems with geese at Lake Clementia. Read more »

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