Wow, can you believe it....another year has arrived...where does the time go?? I know personally that since I started birding that time seems to fly as I'm enthralled with each day as well as the promises of new adventures.
And...since I keep reporting my sighting to e-bird, it also means that the year list start anew....the race is on, here we go!
|My E-Bird List for the Shipley Trail and My E-Bird List for the Bailey Tract. I saw a lot more birds than I took pictures this time around - in any event it was a great way to start the day.|
Then, or course, another day comes along and more birds to be seen - I returned to the Bailey Tract bright and early with double duties this time, other than keeping my eyes open for the birds I am also looking for Coyote scats. You see, we have a growing Coyote population on our island and the University of Georgia has enlisted the help of local volunteers to collect scat from different locations with the aim of studying the DNA and figuring out how many families we are dealing with. Those Coyotes have been feasting on Sea Turtle eggs during the summer and have eliminated our Least Tern nesting population. In any event - I found no scat this morning and few bird sightings - but oh - look at the promises of this brand new day!
|On my way out of the Bailey Tract, this female Common Yellowthroat bid me farewell. My 29 species E-Bird List for the Bailey Tract. Then I'm off to the Wildlife Drive in Ding Darling.|
|Awww....you gotta love those pink Roseate Spoonbills and how they brighten up the day.|
|A young Raccoon along the drive was poking his nose in the dirt - probably looking for some small insects. This Raccoon did not look well and was moving rather slowly.|
|I arrived at the Tower - the tide had been coming in for at least 3 hours according to the tide chart - but there was still enough low areas for several shorebirds to rest/eat/preen. The Reddish Egret "Ding" always draws plenty of attention.|
|The White Pelicans always take my breath away with their size and majestic look.|
|As I'm watching I see in the corner of my eye something come for a landing - I look and I look again - sure enough it's a.....|
|Redhead! How about that sighting!|
|This is not a common duck at Ding Darling - this is a treat and it will go nicely on my new list.|
|The sun is bright and the view is just fabulous.|
|Try these on for size - White Pelican versus Brown Pelican.|
|The Redhead found the Blue-winged Teals and stayed close by.|
|A preened Pelican is a beautiful Pelican....|
|well technically their lives depend on it - those feathers are their lively hood - without them they can't be flying or dive for food so it's important to keep those feathers in tiptop shape.|
|More White Pelicans coming in....|
|"Oh look guys, Thelma and Louise have arrived".|
|One big happy family.|
|The triple notes that I had heard previously had made me think of the Greater Yellowlegs....and sure enough...|
|here they are - two of them among the Willets...|
|Look at the size difference between the Yellowleg and the Willet - amazing!|
|Well, folks, I'd say this was a great start into the New Year - more to come....so many places....so many birds and so little time....I'm already looking forward to tomorrow....stay tuned! My E-Bird List for Ding Darling Wildlife Drive.|