Category Archives: shore birds

Central Florida’s Migatory First Comers are Showing Up

I found some this week.  Yay!!!!! This time of year, when the temperatures are starting to dip, they begin to appear. For the next month or so, they will be getting their winter homes in order. Hopefully, I will find a nesting family to share with you. But this will have to do for now. 🙂    Roseate Spoonbills are one of my favorites. We have a few residents that buck the “law” and live here year around, but the majority fly in for the holidays. Their diet consist’s of fish, bugs, crawdads, crabs, whatever they find in the grass that lines the flats they wade in. Unlike the noisy Herons and Egrets, they are content to stay to themselves and don’t cause too much trouble.

Roseate Spoonbills

One of the great things about living in Florida is of course the weather. The traveling Avian know it too, and return every year around this time; probaby where the term “Snow Birds” came from. Thank God they just fly in, and don’t clutter up the local roads, driving at a snail’s pace looking for orange trees. But that’s another rant. 🙂

Everyone thinks we spend every day at the beach or Disney World and every night, we party like animals and live a carefree lifestyle.  HA!  What they don’t seem to know is that we have a plethora of  the most beautiful and peaceful backwoods, bordered by wetlands, salt marshes, brackish and “nursery” estuaries. Each play a vital role in the survival of all the “Feather’s and Fins” that call on this little speck of land to spend the winter months and raise the next generation…….. I have to be honest and quietly admit I’m kinda glad in a way. Less people out on my precious refuge.   🙂

Sunset

I found some Coot  huddled up this week too. Another sign that the coming days will be short and the temps will mandate sweat shirts and jackets. Looks like it’s going to be crowded this year.  Hope I get some nice images.

Coot

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Let’s look at a ‘Gator and A couple Great White Heron’s causin a ruckus.

Soooooooooooo. I get to share a couple of posts I did this week. Kinda chilly tonight, and after Johnny made a tremendous beef stew for dinner (that pressure cooker is handy!), we are fat and lazy. While the dishes soak, and Van Helsing (Dracula) is on t.v., I have been looking thru some images.

We are a winter destination for a lot of the migratory birds, and they are beginning to arrive, while the residents are getting ready for the cooler weather that lies ahead.

I try to walk during lunch, and Wednesday, this little guy was in his normal spot, enjoying the sun. I’ve watched him grow, and he has had a good year, I wish he wasn’t so thin, but he will bulk up. 🙂

Little Alligator

While I was watching him watching me, these two showed up out of nowhere, and started up.

Great White Heron

Great White Heron

Great White Heron

Great White HeronGreat White Heron

I thought it was cool, and I wanted to share it with you. I shot some Spoonbill’s I’ll share with you the next post. But right now,I gotta go get started on the dishes.  Have a good weekend.

Suz