I used to hate Mondays because they used to signify that the weekend was over and that it was time to go back to work. Now it's a whole different ball game and Monday has become my favorite day of the week and today was no exception. Our destination today: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Fl.
We started on the boardwalk - amidst the forest of Pines, Cypress, Palms etc and immediately our ears were filled with bird symphony - this is where "warbler neck" term probably originated because you spend an incredible amount of time looking to the tree top to watch the warblers....once in a while another type will present itself, such as.....
|a Barred Owl - collecting some juicy tidbit to take back to its nest - we enjoyed watching it fly in between branches with total silence.|
|We made our way to the "Lettuce Lake" and enjoyed watching some slower birds....such as this Great Egret and...|
|many Black-crowned Night Herons - an adult is photographed here.|
|A Little Blue Heron.|
|A Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron - one of the sure tell tale is the yellow lower mandible.|
|A beautiful plume in the "Lettuce Lake" - note the tiny spider on it.|
|Here was our surprise for the day:|
|A White-eyed Vireo with its nest.|
|A young Wood Stork - notice the soft hair on its head still.|
|A Black-crowned Night Heron sleeping soundly.|
|A Carolina Wren checking us out.|
|and another....this one becoming a rainbow within the forest.|
|A Great Egret being "King" for the moment.|
|A wild yellow orchid in bloom.|
|A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - a male (red throat)...check the bark with the sapsucker's holes.|
|An Iris growing along the boardwalk.|
|A lizard taking it easy.|
|A sunflower with a tiny spider in the middle.|
|And a Catbird - one of many that we saw and heard today, soon they will leave and return north to mate.|
A great day in a great surrounding - much to see and enjoy. My E-Bird list for today with 56 species.