Monday, August 4, 2014

A visit across North Cape Coral

I mapped out my trip, bagged my necessities and with my friend as my allied - off we went with the hopes of seeing some of our beautiful feathered friends, we were not disappointed.
After spending some time searching for the Bobwhite and missing ample opportunities to capture it on camera, we headed to the Preserve to see the Red-headed Woodpeckers, we had a bit more luck capturing the expression of this beautiful fellow.

In addition, we spotted the Northern Flicker - this one being the "yellow shafted", a female.

Here is another Northern Flicker "yellow shafted" - notice the underside and the yellow color, also this one is a male sporting his black mustache.

One of my favorite Woodpecker - isn't it beautiful?

My friend Larissa, enjoying her visiting and acquiring some birding knowledge along the way - can you tell how much fun she is having?

We stumbled upon a very young Mourning Dove without its tail feathers - it sat on the ground while one of the parent stayed nearby and watched.

After a while we drove in search of our next spot, keeping my patience as I maneuvered around Cape Coral. I wonder if I'm the only person who has difficulties finding my way around this town - it was helpful to have a buddy to joke about it.

After many more turns than I care to admit, I finally found the area where the family of Scrub Jays lives - they were all out sitting in the oak tree - quite lively and curious as always.

The Florida Scrub Jays has a cooperative breeding system; the fledged young remain on territory and help rear nestlings.

We also spotted this Meadowlark within the tall grass - too bad the area had not been mowed which made it difficult to keep our eyes on this little fellow as it moved along.

And of course, a trip to Cape Coral would not be complete without sighting the beloved Burrowing Owl.

The trip came to an end at the Wigeon Pond when the rain started coming down in buckets.

The Eurasian Wigeon is still hanging around with the domestic ducks as well as the couple dozen of Mottled Ducks. All in all, I'm glad we made the trip over - it was a swell day!

1 comment:

  1. What a great day. Very educating...the more I learn about these wonderful feathers friends the more I want to take in. Even though the sun was not out you still a managed to get some great photos. I hope mine at least come