As I mused about my day yesterday and the experiences that transpired - "Serendipity" - just seems to fit the bill.
I met some new birding friends early Saturday morning and we set out to walk the Bailey Tract - somewhat expecting to see the 'usual' fare, only to be pleasantly surprised by what we came across.
It was windy with promises of a front coming through and with it a line of thunderstorms....hoping to perhaps catch some migrants later at the Lighthouse. So, here we go....
|Wow! What a surprise this was! This concentration of birds is usually something that I see along the Wildlife Drive of Ding Darling - and not the usual experience of the Bailey Tract.|
|The birds entertained us with their symphony as they shared a meal together.|
|This was my first time seeing over 20 Roseate Spoonbills in and around the Bailey Tract.|
|Most of the birds were sporting their breeding plumage - take notice of the Snowy Egrets in the back and in this flight photo - the male has reddish lore while the female has the yellow lore.|
|The Great Egret male has green lore while in breeding.|
|6 Least Sandpipers were seen too.|
|And a Green Heron Mom.|
|After a while, we traveled to Ding Darling - walked the Caloosa Trail and spotted a few colorful snails.|
|A very different day indeed - yet it was filled with surprises and blessed with the company of new friends - Thank YOU Diane and Ed for joining me on the trail.|