I had been really looking forward to attend today's bird trip and I was not disappointed. This was also my first opportunity to make the entire loop and with 38 sets of eyes, we got to see a total of 57 species - a good birding day indeed.
|We all gathered up at the head of the trail and carpooled in a caravan across the Harn's Marsh Preserve - our group consisted of 33 members and 5 guests.|
|Limpkin - eyeing us and probably thinking....."here we go".|
|A pair of Sandhill Crane flew over and vocally welcomed us.|
|Great sighting of Ring-necked ducks as well as a Hooded Merganser (left side).|
|The Wood Storks.|
|Awww....this feels like "home" to me.|
|More Ring-necked ducks.|
|The Northern Harrier gave us a good show today.|
|The small 'wildlife' didn't go unnoticed.|
|The Sandhill Cranes - a beautiful pair wouldn't you say?|
|After a while the Cranes took off and chose another spot.|
|The Snail Kites were fun to watch - it dove and caught it's favorite food....apple snail....yummy escargots. I wonder how many of those snails the Snail Kite can consume in one day?|
|There were many skippers, butterflies, damsels and dragonflies flitting around throughout the Marsh.|
|Our last sighting at the end of the trail - it doesn't get much better than that.|
Check my E-Bird List for all the species that were seen today - definitely a 'go-to' place for observing wildlife.
A big thank you to Jose and Stan for leading a fantastic trip.