The 'birding' bug is coming back and having good friends around helps to get me out there and revisit my passion of being outdoors and surrounded by nature.
Today was such a day and interestingly enough I was surrounded by friends whose friendship was acquired online - connections that were made several years ago with a common passion - BIRDING
Today our meeting took place in Naples at a wonderful and serene place called: Bird Rookery Swamp. You can walk the entire trail (12 miles) or not - we ended up being so enthralled with everything we encountered that it took us 4 hours to cover one mile.....come along and see what we saw.....
This was a nice surprise - a Snail Kite!
Asters with Red Maple Leaf
Coyote Cloudywing - Skipper
Pair of Red-shouldered Hawk - female on right.
Pileated Woodpecker - male
Mama Raccoon with 3 little ones
River Otter - there were two of them
The rest of our sightings were Warblers, Buntings, Gnatcatchers and many others - see bird list for details.