It has been almost a year since I visited the Estero Preserve, reports of several ducks and other species made me itch for a visit.
Before heading there I made sure that I was prepared for the hike - water in the trails and insects in the air - we armed ourselves with boots and bug spray, two of us were glad to have a head net because the deer flies were in great numbers.
A beautiful sunny sky with a rainbow greeted us as we entered the preserve....our first stop....pond..
|This is the pond where the American Wigeons have been seen, so....we quietly approached the pond...|
|because the ducks are known to be skittish and fly off if they are disturbed.|
|Well, not only did we have Wigeons but also Northern Pintails - sweet!|
|Not long after that the ducks took flight....we were glad to have been able to see them before they left for the day.|
|We traveled another mile or so before finding the second pond....|
|This pond is much larger than the other one and as you can see a lot more species....|
|Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Ducks and Buffleheads - oh my!|
|After exploring the big pond we ventured toward the Bay - walking gingerly on different types of terrain - we spotted small peeps....can you see them?|
|How about now? Isn't it amazing how well they blend in?|
|Semi-palmated Plovers are one of my favorites.|
|Another sweet spotting today: American Avocet.|
|A Dunlin receiving some sweet notes from a Semi-palmated Plover.|
|A group of Western Sandpipers.|
|A Greater Yellowleg.|
|One more area to venture through water and mud before reaching the edge of the shore.|
|Positioned by the shore we could see how many White Pelicans were across while a whole group flew above our heads.|
|Also, quite a few American Avocets far off.|
|These two were very close to us....what a nice gift!|
|This was indeed a very sweet visit and I look forward to return and explore the sparrows and rails territory.|
|What will you see when you visit? Check my E-bird List for the species we saw, also within that list you can click on "map" to see where it is. Happy Birding!|