Birds in the Swamp…

Birds in the Swamp…

I went back to the wildlife refuge again this past week… it was a dark cloudy misty day and we saw absolutely no one!

Since we’ve been in the house basically since March (other than our birding expeditions), we’ve now started looking to find other parks to go to. We haven’t tried any new ones yet, but soon we will go to a new one and hopefully there will be different birds there that I can photograph and show you. 🙂

Here is one of the birds I saw in the swamp.

This is an juvenile White Ibis. They start out brown and will become patchy as it matures and finally becomes white.

At one point we were looking out over the large swamp and in the thick woods behind us we heard a low howl! At first I thought it must be some kid pretending to be “Bigfoot.” Then came several other crazy loud howling/screaming sounds. (I slowly moved closer to the car)…

After listening to my bird app (I was assuming it was a bird), we decided that it was probably the Barred Owl. Let me know if you’ve ever heard them calling with those howls and screens. I’ve heard a pair of them making calls sort of like it at my house, but this was only one and it sounded a bit different…

This bird we found in another smaller swamp further into the refuge.

It’s an immature Little Blue Heron. At first glance you may think it’s a Snowy Egret or a Great Egret, but when you look closely at this bird you’ll see the identifiers. The legs are greenish, not yellow with yellow feet or black. The bill is bluish with a black tip.

The 1st year they are white, then in the 2nd year they will go into the “calico” phase, where they are a patchy white and blue. Finally when they are adults they will be a solid dark blue-gray.

It’s funny how the Little Blue Heron starts out white then turns dark and the White Ibis starts out dark then turns white…

Remember to stay healthy and stay safe.

Recent Birds I’ve Seen…

Recent Birds I’ve Seen…

Yesterday I went kayaking. It finally wasn’t too hot, so I went out to enjoy the lake!

There was some green algae on the lake still (it had covered most of the lake for the past few months), but a lot of the lake is clear now…

Here are some of the birds that I saw.

There had to be about a dozen Great Egrets. They were spaced out along the shore looking for food.

Here is the Great Blue Heron, there were over a dozen of these around the lake. I would see them up ahead of me while I was kayaking, then when I got a bit closer they would slowly fly off away from me only to have to move again as I continued down the lake…

Of course there were a few Canada Geese, but not as many as I had seen around recently. I’ve seen them flying in formation a lot lately, like they are getting ready to migrate, but I don’t think that these geese actually leave at all for the winter…

There were a couple of Pileated Woodpeckers foraging on the trees along the edge of the lake. They flew over my head when I stopped for lunch, it was nice to see them.

Remember to stay healthy and stay safe!