The Caloosa Bird Club meets every Monday - Nov through April - it has been 6 months since the last trip and I welcome the fact that we are resuming - let's go!
Today's meet took place in Naples - Collier Co - at Bird Rookery Swamp. This is a combination boardwalk/nature trail that is 12 miles in length if you do the entire loop, the group usually turns around way before that. It feels like you're in a different part of the world when you enter this peaceful place - like heaven on earth - come and see.....
|Our group today was a nice size - 21 members + 3 guests. This is the trail leading to the boardwalk.....|
|A Red-shouldered Hawk was silently watching, I love how the sun emphasizes his amber colors.|
|A Swamp Sparrow gave us good looks right out in the open across that little ditch.|
|This red maple leaf brought me back 'home' to Canada.|
|The trail opens right after the boardwalk...don't you just want to go and walk!|
|An Eastern Wood-pewee, no eye ring and wing bars.|
|A small gator laying over a log.|
|Beautiful vista, eh?|
|On the way back, the same gator was spread across the log with green algae on top probably trying to disguise as an iguana.|
|I love Lillies - the bees loves them too.|
|Interesting information about the Witches Broom|
|Shortly after we left the area - destination: IFAS Extension for lunch. This is where we refuel and go over the E-Bird list for the trip...53 species...not bad at all. We then went to Oil Well Road, a venue that was really productive a year ago with lots of ducks - this year not so much - it's almost dry and I think a bit early for the ducks. My E-Bird list for Oil Well Road.|
Elaine and I left the group and decided to return to IFAS Extension to spend some time in the garden.
|We were rewarded with great sighting of a couple Hummingbirds.|
|I would have liked a better camera view point so that the colors would be more noticeable but as the song says: You can't always get what you want.|
|But nevertheless, this bird was on my 'wishlist' today and my wish was granted - I am greatful and I was blessed.|