Beautiful place to raise a family πŸ¦πŸ¦πŸ¦πŸ¦

These beautiful Wetlands are home to many of the birds I write about on Birder’s Journey. But they are also a favorite habitat for several species of turtles and fish, American alligators, and mammals such as river otters, the occasional bobcat, and of course, our local Raccoons, like this little family below.☺️ Unlike up north, […]

Motionless in the shadows (well, most of the time)

Rather solitary and secretive, according to Audubon, Yellow-crowned Night Herons are frequently spotted hiding in the Cypress trees surrounding the ‘Alligator Hole’ at our local wetlands at this time of year. Although ‘their range extends inland as far as the Midwest’ U.S.(All About Birds), the Yellow-crowned Night Herons are year-round residents of Florida, nesting and […]

Glorious Morning~!

I just had the pleasure of spending two lovely and serene days at one of my favorite places, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.  . . . As always, I found this to be true: “Photo opportunities are available at every turn of the boardwalk trail”~! “Visitors will find a gentle, pristine wilderness that dates back about 600 […]

A precarious RWBB nesting spot

Mr. and Mrs. Red-winged Blackbird, above, take turns feeding the nestlings, and chasing off intruders. ‘Females build the nests by winding stringy plant material around several close, upright stems and weaving in a platform of coarse, wet vegetation.’ (All About Birds) Sometimes, as shown here, it is remarkable that the nest is sturdy enough to stay […]