This place was quite difficult to find, and I'm not even sure I could find it again the next time. Did get to witness a pretty cool territory battle between a red-shouldered hawk and the much smaller kestrel. Eventually the red-shouldered god annoyed and gave up the spot.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
This is a part of the Ding Darling preserve that I had not yet visited until today, even though the birders always talk about it. Not too active today or at this time of day. I did find one small bird I couldn't identify(below). Probably just a palm warbler or something in strange light.
Always a nice drive through this park. I loved the light on the white pelicans and the fact that they were so close this time.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Got up early to walk the boardwalk at my favorite park in Florida. There is always so much to see! Best finds of the day, oddly enough, were a flower (called a clam shell orchid) and fuzzy caterpillar under a leaf (still need to figure out the species). Also, just outside of the park entrance were several fox squirrels. Glad to know they are still around somewhere.
This park had a good variety of birds. Was surprised to find the black-backed gulls! I think these first three are all lesser black backed at different ages with the smaller ring-billed in some photos. Definitely the ones with yellow legs are.
lesser black-backed (above) and herring (below)
sandwich tern (above) and forster's tern (below)
laughing gull (above) and oyster catcher (below)
On an inner trail at the park, we didn't see much except for a gopher tortoise and killdeer until a park ranger pointed out a screech owl in an old tree. So far I have only seen one other screech owl in the wild, and it was in a nesting box. It was nice to see one in a natural home and up close!