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Snowy Egrets, Lesser Yellowlegs, and a lone Pied-billed Grebe all enjoyed the bounty at the largest rainfall retention basin here on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.  This basin pond is drying up and the big wading birds have come to enjoy feasting on tadpoles, frogs, and larger insects.

The big surprise of the day was seeing the little Pied-billed Grebe along with the wading birds!  There were three of the Yellowlegs, a pair of Snowy Egrets and the grebe.   Notice too, that another of the yellowlegs was again paddling across the pond.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  I’ll have part 2 of this series with pictures I took last night, on Wednesday’s post here.   Wishing all in the U.S. a happy and safe Columbus Day holiday!






Comments on: "Waders at the Rainfall Basin, Part 1" (8)

  1. what a nice mix! i miss our pied-billed pals. we had them winter here for 2 winters, but they’ve not been back the last few seasons.

    • Hi Theresa, That grebe had left as of last evening. I think I have only seen a couple here. They are mainly spotted on lakes and on the rivers. Glad you have had them at least several years ago. Have a wonderful coming week!

  2. I enjoy seeing the wading birds. There are very few species of them near where I live.

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, maybe Great Blue Herons? I do hope you get to see some waders in your locality. They are great birds. Fortunately for me, Fl is chock-full of ’em. Have a pleasant Tuesday tomorrow!

  3. What a nice variety.. The grebes are one of my favorites, they are so cute.. Great post.. Have a happy week ahead!

  4. Beautiful birds –and photos. I know you must have been excited to see the Grebes… NEAT!!!

    We are under a severe storm watch… Fun Fun..


    • Hi Betsy, Hopeful your weather will be just thunderstorms and not severe. Yes, I get excited to see the beautiful big birds here. I think we will have rain tomorrow afternoon which will replenish the basin ponds. Have a wonderful (hopefully safe) day tomorrow!

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