|The lake at Craig Park|
A closer look at a narrower portion of the lake.
Craig Regional Park is named in honor of Ted Craig who was an active city council member, mayor of Brea, member of the state legislature, and regent of the University of California. He was active in the 1920s and 1930s. He spent his life in active public service to Orange County.
Western Bluebird who breeds in Orange County as well as other parts of California.
Also present in the park are Western Bluebirds. Western Bluebirds are also cavity nesters, and there are many bluebird boxes for them in the trees throughout the park.
Female Wood Duck and her 9 ducklings.
The park's lake is stocked with fish and allows fishing with a permit. Of course, this also attracts the usual fish-eating crowd of Black-crowned Night Herons, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, and Great Blue Herons. In addition, there are usually a few Double-crested Cormorants fishing in the lake. They need no permit.
Black-crowned Night Heron looking for a good fishing spot. This was at almost 11AM.
There are Mallards, Pied-billed Grebes, and the usual assortment of domestic ducks, and a few escaped Egyptian Geese.
Western Bluebird feeding her nestlings.
As I walked through the park, I saw a Western Bluebird couple attending to their babies.
Western Bluebird keeping watch. He flew off with the female when she emerged from the nestbox.
The streams are used by the ducks, egrets, and herons as well.
Wood Ducks pause on the sidewalk before flying up to the chain link fence.
Wood Ducks are perching ducks, you can see them in places you would never find a Mallard.
Wood Duck drake finally swam close enough for a decent shot and in decent light, too!