While high tide has already passed at the sea, it is near the crest here, far enough upriver to get a lag of an hour and a half or two. Most noticeable from my last visit is the lack of herons and egrets, not that they are not here, just that they are not visible. With the high tide, the shallows where they hunt are back behind the wall of cattails and wild rice. On the way in, I spot only one egret and it is a 1/4 mile off perched in a tree.
At the eagle nest, an immature bald eagle rests on a nearby branch.
And, we find large numbers of cedar waxwings whenever we find a big patch of frog moss in the water. I've never seen so many in one place as here. It is a new bird to S. so we park the nose of the canoe in the frog moss and watch them feed. It's quite a pretty bird with tones of red and yellow and a bright yellow band at the base of the tail. They speed after distant bugs and then pull up to a flutter in their final maneuver. They take insects that are large enough to be seen by us from 20 yards or more (you never really see what the swallows eat).