Strutting His Stuff

Earlier this week in the salt marsh, we had a great blue heron showing off for the world.

Maybe it was the bright sunshine, but the thing about blue herons is that they always think they have an audience even when they don’t.

This day was no different, we were the only ones around to potentially impress.

Although…to be fair, we were sort of impressed.  🙂

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Best Not To Wake Him…

Looking back at the swamp yesterday, we find one of the big boys snoozing the day away in the warm sun. He was all tucked in among the grass, reeds, and other assorted muck found in that area. 

I kind of suspect that this is ‘his’ spot and nobody is allowed to disturb him.

I don’t know about you, but I think just leaving him alone with his nap is the best plan. 

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Afternoon Get Together

It was unseasonably warm today so we decided to head over to the swamp and see who might be out and about.

Well, it looked like three large turtles and one small alligator had reservations at the same table for a lunch time meeting.

It’s always pleasant to be able get outdoor seating when the sun is shining on a wonderfully warm January day!

 

Happy 2019!

Well…I can’t believe another year has passed and most excitingly, in wildlife world, we still have some Roseate Spoonbills hanging around the marsh.

It’s been 10 years since the spoonies have regularly started visiting the area, and in all that time they have never stayed later than a day or two into December, and now we have a surprising New Year’s Day appearance!

Now we are wondering if some will think about staying through the winter rather heading south as they normally have in the past.

In any case, we are thrilled they seem to be happy with their January home at least for now.

Also had to include one of the ‘regulars’ a great blue heron, that remains a constant source of beauty and amusement.

Happy New Year everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!

Alyce and I and the whole gang here at the marsh and the beach want to wish all our special blog friends a very joyful, safe, healthy, and Merry Christmas, and all the best for the coming New Year!

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White Pelicans Fall Visit

This past November we had three American White Pelicans show up in the marsh pond for a short visit.

At times they stayed to themselves in a tight little group, but at other times it sure looked like they were having a lot of fun flying and splashing around with the various birds including cormorants, gulls, herons, and egrets.

Always enjoy seeing these very large birds arrive in our area. They are not rare, but they are uncommon, so it’s a treat for sure!

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Patrolling the Salt Marsh

I’ve been away a while I know…

A hundred times I’ve wanted to start a new post, but somehow the time never seemed quite right or at least I couldn’t make it right.

But looks like today was finally the day to make it happen.

It was a mild December afternoon and we decided to get in some motorcycle riding time, and headed over to the salt marsh area.

We almost didn’t stop because there didn’t seem to be a whole lot going on, just the usual egrets and blue herons fussing at one another.

But we did stop, and as soon as we started walking toward the marsh area we noticed about a dozen small snowy egrets all rapidly taking flight in a panic. We’ve seen this behavior before and it often means a bald eagle is entering the nearby air space.

Turns out that’s exactly the case and the eagle was headed straight in our direction. He took a few quick glances at the water below but it was clear he wasn’t fishing. As soon as I saw the landing gear being deployed, I knew he was headed for one of the pines at the edge of the marsh.

Sure enough, the eagle pointed those big sky hooks at one of the branches and dropped in for a bit of preening in the sun.

After about 20 minutes, the big guy took flight and left his tree. He did two or three circles over head then headed off north quite possibly toward a nearby tidal pond where some ducks were sighted yesterday.

So it was a good day today. Got in some bike riding time and saw a bonus eagle.

Nice way to get back into blog posting, we’ll see how long it lasts…

 

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Big Bird Big Splash

Over at the salt marsh this morning we heard a big splash behind us. We turned just in time to see it was a brown pelican who was making another huge splash leaving just as fast as he arrived.

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