There were actually two best birds of the day today. The first was this sedge wren, which I don't know if I have ever seen before. And the second was a sora, a species of rail which I have only seen a handful of times and at this park only. I will do a separate post for the sora, since I got to watch him for quite a while, but here is the marsh wren along with many others:
sandhill crane (above) and savannah sparrow (below)
a late-season blue-winged teal pair, female (above) and male (below)
great blue heron nests, one big baby flew off shortly after the photo was taken (below)
I had forgotten how different the yellow-rumped warbler looks in breeding plumage!(above) and one without breeding plumage (below)
Always much to see here from the widest vistas to the tiniest insect. This damselfly, called Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii), I just learned is a female version of the green/blue male I usually see.
Not sure if this is the male or, more likely, another species of forktail damselfly, the Eastern Forktail (ichnura verticalis)
I think the last time I visited this park may have been 1987, my first and last time fishing. I thought all there was here was a fishing boardwalk with a lot of fiddler crabs, but there are actually many trails. Actually, some were flooded and already have mosquitos and bee hives, but there is actually a diverse variety of plant life I cannot remember ever seeing before, as well as multiple habitats. Other unique finds were a mangrove buckeye butterfly and a red-tailed hawk. I am looking forward to returning in the fall or winter.