What a spectacular day! Yesterday was my second outing with the Caloosa Bird Club and it certainly was a memorable one ..... again! The day started out at Eagle Lakes Community Park in Naples and concluded at Sugden Regional Park - also in Naples. We had a nice group and saw a collective count of 70 or so species....sorry the numbers are vague now - note to self....make more notes.
After a picnic lunch, a bunch of us agreed to follow Vince to Oil Well Road in Immokalee....well, that really topped the cake with a big cherry on top.
Well, before I get ahead of myself - let's take a look at some of the photos from the Parks in Naples.
|Then we gathered up in the parking lot and got our directions for the next stop...the Sugden Regional Park.|
|This was a very lovely setting - very peaceful in comparisson to all the bikers/runners that we encountered in the Eagle Lakes Park.|
|My very first sighting of "Ruddy Duck".|
|Aren't they lovely?|
Don't let the amount of photos fool you because there were close to 70 species seen at those two parks and it was a great outing - Thank You M.Mulheim for leading our group.
My E-Bird List - combined sighting for both parks.
Now, this is where it gets really ducky....
|Quite a few White Pelicans....they brigtened up the place like a light bulb.|
|Not visible from any of my photos - was the fact that there were literally thousands of Coots in the back portion by the shoreside.|
|Avocets! I was so happy to see them. I had been wishing to spot Avocets since I first set my eyes on them - over a year ago.....I wanted to add them to my Lee Co.....but, hey, I'll take this anyday.....even in Collier Co. :)|
|The Avocets in flight - shortly after a raptor flew over.|
|The Northern Shoveler were in the midst of many other ducks.|
|Before long - 3 Bald Eagles came flying overhead and this caused many flocks to rise up and fly off - generating clouds upon clouds of beating wings....it was just BEAUTYfull to see and to hear too....wow!|
I am glad that I went the extra mile - literally - to go and see those ducks.....many of them were put on my Life List.
Check out my E-Bird list to see all the ducks that were spotted on that trip.
A big Thank You to Vince for showing/sharing his knowledge and spots where the birds/ducks are....this make for happy birding.