|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!
|Gulf Fritillaries and Skippers|
|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|