One of my favorite places to bird – or just walk – is a beautiful preserve with a very long name: The Wellington Environmental Preserve at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Habitat. A lush, marshy wetland, with scenic views in every direction! Even on this very windy day, the Terns loved it (I think these […]
I was drawn by the lilting song of this sweet Eastern Meadowlark while out walking in Wellington Preserve, on Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. So irresistible ~ Have a listen.And, right across the road ….a handsome Loggerhead Shrike was posing in a low tree. What a blessing to have these delightful birds in our midst.
We love watching the Loggerhead Shrikes and checking the sharp prickly branches they perch on, as that is where the Shrikes often impale their prey, left to dry out, and be consumed later! Their nickname is “Butcher Bird“, as I described in a previous post!My husband caught sight of one of the Loggerhead Shrikes arguing with […]
Although their range covers almost the entire southern half of North America, I had never seen a Loggerhead Shrike before last spring. Over the past two weeks, though, they seemed to be everywhere, sitting atop scrubby perches, surveying the landscape for some tasty prey. Also known as ‘Butcher Birds‘, Loggerhead Shrikes are unusual in that they […]
I wandered further along the trails at the Wellington Preserve for a second time this week, after a heavy rain. There were very few birds out and about, though I noticed most of my familiar wetlands friends on the signs illustrating the wildlife that might be sighted at the preserve I remarked to myself that […]