I visited the Apalachee Bay section of the St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge on May 20, 2015. I had a great time as we drove a few miles through marshlands to the coast. I spotted a few shorebirds, a couple of Turkey Vultures, a White-tailed Deer, a huge Fiddler Crab nursery area in the mud, and a domestic pet goat that was feeding in the tall grass along the highway in front of the home where it belongs. I sure enjoyed my all-to-brief visit! Wishing you a happy and safe holiday today. I am remembering the families and friends of lost service members in my thoughts and prayers.
On this Memorial Day I want to remember all who died in the service of the country. The families and friends of the fallen are in my thoughts and prayers today.
I visited St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge in the Panacea, Florida area on May 20, 2015. I was at a small picnic park area of the refuge on the shore of Otter Lake at the small boat ramp, when I spotted these birds and a couple of alligators. I believe the better time to visit this refuge would be in the Winter when I expect that many more birds are there. I did enjoy the visit tremendously! It is a beautiful wild place.
I will share a few pictures I took featuring sea-shore wildlife, there in the refuge at the Apalachee Bay section, in an upcoming post. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Male Boat-tailed Grackle
A pair of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers caught my eye this morning at the lovely huge wild St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge here on the “Forgotten Coast” of Florida. We got to the refuge fairly late this morning and it was quite warm. Fortunately it was not raining. I have never before seen a Red-cockaded Woodpecker.
These woodpeckers are native to the Southeastern states and are fairly rarely seen birds. Like many woodpeckers, the Red-cocaded Woodpeckers dine on insects and occasionally berries and nuts. They live mostly in hollowed out sections of tall pine trees. I am thrilled to have spotted them.
By the way, I recommend the Carabelle Beach RV Resort if you ever want to stay in the area (no I am not receiving any discount for the mention and do not have any affiliation with the business). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photo. Enjoy!
Here are some of the scenic views I have photographed around my community here in Marion County, Florida in the last couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy them. By the way, on a side note – I went by Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL, on Saturday but saw few of the water birds I had seen back in February. I think there were probably a tenth of the birds there this past weekend than had been there during the Winter months. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger view of that photograph.
Male Northern Cardinal
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Sandhill Crane Family at the Horse Farm Pond Pasture
A flock of Tufted Titmice and a bunch of other songbirds were here on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015 to wish me and my neighbors a happy Mother’s Day! Such a nice welcomed sight! Here are a few of the many pictures I took of several Tufted Titmice flitting and perching in trees, on bird feeder poles and on roof rain gutters.
I spotted one Titmouse hunting for bugs on the ground – a rare sight as these birds mostly stay up in the leafy branches of trees and shrubbery. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy! P.S. So sorry this is late. I don’t use any auto posting software and just got busy and forgot to post earlier today. Wildlifewatcher
I photographed this Red-bellied Woodpecker as it went from tree to tree in the yards near my home on May 10, 2015. It was among a large group of songbirds that arrived together and feasted on rather plentiful insects in the trees. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!