Monday, June 29, 2015

30 Days in June: Day 27, La Chua Trail

Nap Time for Gators

Saturday took us back to La Chua Trail. How could we resist when someone had reported seeing a Whooping Crane there the day before? My husband and I took advantage of a rare free morning together and walked down to the observation platform, where we were able to see the Whooping Crane  with the help of fellow birders with scopes. Finally--a new bird for my list!

Fuzzy Picture of the Whooping Crane. It's the large, whitish mass to the left of the yellow Lotus patch, near the middle

It was a fun walk, mostly because there were so many familiar faces on the trail. I ran into several groups of birders, coming and going to see the Crane, and a fellow Museum docent and Master Naturalist who was leading a tour to down La Chua. It is so nice to have friends wherever I go! I will certainly miss that when we move and will have to work fast to build up a support group in Georgia. I wonder if there is a Georgia Master Naturalist program?

Pair of Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

We saw many nice things along the trail--butterflies nectaring on Nuttall's Thistle, Wild Horses, lots of alligators, beautiful lotus flowers, and a cute, photogenic Least Bittern. What a great way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday!

Cloudless Sulphur

Gulf Fritillaries and Skippers

Black Swallowtail

Wild Spanish Horse in the Grasses

Little Gator Crossing

American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea)

Least Bittern--now you see it...

…Now You Don't! Nothing here but a Lotus stem!

Bird Count: 93(3), 28 Natural Places Visited

Red Winged Blackbird

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