The San-Cap Audubon group had their first walk of the season at Ding Darling today - a group of 30+ folks gathered up in the parking lot. Eager birders are ready, a beautiful sunny sky and a low tide awaits....it doesn't get much better than that, lets go....
|A Green Heron came and practically landed by some people's feet - what a nice surprise.|
|A beautiful Red-breasted Merganser entertained a few of us - dashing and diving while eating.|
|A stop at the Mangrove Overlook provided really good views of the White Pelicans and Snowy Egrets.|
|The tide being low provided several little traps which collected small fish - the White Pelican gladly moved from one feeding hole to another|
|A Pied-billed Grebe - a small aquatic diving bird. Their toes are lobed which makes them strong swimmers - Grebes are infrequently seen on land or in flight.|
|The Roseate Spoonbills - a bright pink wading bird with a long, flat spoonlike bill. Many people mistake these birds for Flamingos.|
|The Wood Stork - a large, long legged bird with a bald head and pink feet.|
|Wood Stork seen with Blue-winged Teals.|
|More Roseate Spoonbills - sweeping their bill rapidly from side to side as they feed.|
|I enjoyed watching this White Ibis as it passed|
|in front of the Wood Stork - the Stork pausing ever so lightly before resuming his feeding.|
A few Greater Yellowlegs in the shadows sealed the day - a great day if I may so, looking forward to the next one.
|My E-Bird List for today.|