by Alaina Fox
Croaks and caws fill the air on Shorebird Way, Mountain View as a flurry of white feathers soars overhead. Every year, this street—closed off to cars—becomes a rookery for three species of birds from March to August. Great egrets, snowy egrets, and night herons build nests and raise their young. At this point in the year, chicks, juveniles, and fully-grown birds are all visible, especially among the egrets; the herons, less prominent, are more difficult to spot. If you can’t make it before the birds leave in roughly a month, you can enjoy these snapshots.