"The birds are coming back!", that's what I was thinking to myself when I noticed that a few species that I hadn't seen for a couple of months are now making an appearance and that, my friends, is a very good thing.
Come along and see what's happening at the Bailey Tract....
|Nearby, a male Anhinga wondered what the fuss was all about.|
|Then I came around the corner and right away noticed....|
|a Gator's head on the alert....|
|I'd be willing to bet that it saw me before I saw it....|
|and off it went to the pond across the trail - after all the ponds across the way always look much better, don't they?|
|A yellow bellied Cooter was leading the way on the path - slow and steady it goes.|
|A young Red-bellied Woodpecker - it doesn't have any red feathers yet.|
|Ha! Looks who's back! A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher buzzing by and moving quickly between the branches as it gobbled up insects galore.|
|Across the path a Carolina Wren with the sunlight hitting it just right - I love it when a photo comes together like that.....pure luck if you ask me.|
|And look who else is here....|
|A beautiful Prairie Warbler.|
|On my way out I finally got to see the family of|
|Mottled Ducks - 5 of them now and almost all grown up.|
|and it was finally figured out that I was looking at a Light Short-tailed Hawk - how sweet is that....and what a great way to end the morning!! I am blessed.|