Saturday, February 15, 2014

San-Cap Audubon Bird Walk at Bailey Tract

What a gorgeous day for birding - sunny, low 70s and breezy - wish you were here :)
A group of approximately 39 folks gathered up at the trail head of the Bailey Tract at 8 a.m. - off we went with smiles on our faces and wind in our wings.

The Green Heron was spotted along the way - a secretive bird that uses tools to attract fish by dropping random things in the water and waiting patiently for fish to come and investigate....then with the speed of lightning he pounces and snatches the fish.

A Tricolored Heron trying to hide from my prying eyes.

A Yellow-rumped Warbler - they were seen in huge numbers today.

The Common Gallinule - which used to be known as a Moorhen.

Gators were seen - several of them - some swimming away, some just floating on the surface and some smaller ones were seen by the edge of the vegetation.

The Little Blue Heron - a juvenile here with the white plumage which will starts to turn blue in patches until approx 2 years of age where it will be all blue.

American Coot watching his family take off.

Sometimes you have to work hard to keep up with the gang.

Another gator.

Our famous State bird - the Mockingbird. I think he knows me by now and feels comfortable when I walk by.

The Little Blue Heron in its adult plumage.

A Tricolored Heron (blue, rust and white) - staying well away from all of us.

The White Peacock was spotted several times - just beautiful.

Eastern Phoebe

Pied-billed Grebes

At the end of our walk, we saw a Common Cooter resting and drying on a log - catching a nap.

The End. 
not a bad day.

1 comment:

  1. What a great outing. I love all the herons, especially the Green Heron.. Great list of birds and photos. Happy Birding!