Monday Mornings - are now my favorite day of the week because it is the day that I get to go birding with my Caloosa Bird Club. Yesterday morning was no exception as I really looked forward with great anticipation as I drove to my destination - Bird Rookery Swamp. This particular trail, I visited in previous occasion, and immediately fell in love with it and I look forward to the day when I can venture far into that road - apparently it is a 12 miles loop but I've yet to make it past 2 miles. Anyway.....I digress as I am here to talk about yesterday's experiences.
So, here we go.....fog and all....
|Doesn't that look exciting and welcoming! If this had been Halloween, I would have said "eerie".|
|The Black Vultures were alert and laid back.|
|We saw several immature Night Crown Herons in/around some small bodies of water, later on we saw the adults too.|
|We gathered up and listened to Barb (trip leader) the history behind the Bird Rookery Swamp before we began our trek unto the trail.|
|The Asters added a nice little pop of color along the trail.|
|On the boardwalk, getting close to the trail head. We had a nice group of 22 folks ..... we were all well behaved by staying together and speaking quietly :)|
|From the boardwalk, the trail can be seen....with no end in sight.|
|I heard there are large bears, huge alligators, bobcats and panthers in these woods/swamps......I wonder what the story is behind this 'headless' person.|
|More of that beautiful trail (White Ibis)....doesn't it make you feel like keeping on going?|
|Yellow -bellied Sapsucker - notice how clear the bark is LOL.|
|On our way out we saw a lonely little Grebe.|
|A pair of Widgeon - just beautiful.|
|The Mottled Ducks said: "Farewell" - till the next time.|
My second list on E-Bird is for the Oil Well Road which I just found out that the location has been decreed and named the "Tomato Fields Pond" by Ken, the trip chairman.....I'll have to change my location's name later. Species that I put on my E-Bird List totaled 39 species.