Where does the time go? So many places to go, so much birding to do and so little time....not to mention the holiday that is right around the corner....what is a girl to do?? I know!! A recap of my week and where it took me....let's go....
|We made a stop by the launching ramp and tallied up a few more numbers - this Brown Pelican was rather attractive - he is sporting a band but I couldn't get him to pose in the right direction to read the numbers.|
|We sealed the day and bid farewell until the next time.|
|It's Wednesday and I'm visiting the Bailey Tract - a Red-shouldered Hawk was observed in all its glory.|
|An Eastern Phoebe seemingly glowing in the sunlight.|
|One of my favorite Doves to see - the Common Ground Dove - the smallest of them all and found only in Florida. I love how the light bounces off the plumage and makes it shimmer.|
|Off the beaten path I followed a male Bobcat - he was nonchalant while spraying a wide and long path.|
|He turned around long enough for me to admire his entire wholesomeness.|
|Sniff, sniff....spray, spray.|
|It's Friday - a cold front is scheduled to arrive by mid-morning, this gives me just enough time to make a visit to the Bailey Tract. The sky is coming alive with the sun just about to rise.|
|A dozen of American Goldfinch circled above and landed in a tree nearby - how exciting! Very seldom do I see 12 at one time - my conclusion is that the front is approaching and the birds are trying to stay a step ahead.|
|The predicted front is quickly approaching and my app is warning me that rain is coming - the sky is my big indicator too ....time to get out of here.|
Amazing isn't it how a sky can go from hues of orange and yellow to dark shade of gray.
It is now Saturday and it's Christmas Bird Count for the San-Cap Audubon group. I met up with my team - Sue and Brita... here we go. The sighting of a Bald Eagle made for a great beginning - and a good show for us to see as he tried to steal fish from an Osprey's talons.
The front did arrive and very cool temperature with strong winds are making this a brisk type of day - it is also affecting the amount of birds that we are seeing today, making this a quiet bird count day.
This sweet little Red-bellied Woodpecker stayed for a bit and we marveled over the color of his plumage and how black the under layer was.
|A Yellow-crowned Night Heron was hunkering down too but he didn't escape our leader's eyes.|
Well, folks, this conclude my week - interesting, would you say? Tomorrow is a new day and I can't wait to see what is in store for me....Happy Birding!