Sunday, July 22, 2012
Day 3 of my beach trip was a gorgeous day,,,a breezy beach with blue sky..
ITS also the day we have to break camp...but the plan is go to the Learning Center to take at least One hike, and then drive over to the ACE Basin WLR and Bear Island.
One last look at the ocean and away we go...Annie had been sick overnight but she seemed to be feeling better so I went ahead with my plans..
A short hike in the maritime forest to see an Indain mound ...Flossie didnt act as keen as she normally did to go for a walk..
But it was such a short walk I decided to go on...the mound is over 4,000 yrs old!! ITS made almost completely of Oyster Shells! IT was at one point over 20ft tall but weather had whittled it down to what it is today..its called the Spanish Mount because it was first discovered by the Spanish explorers..
After the hike we headed out to continue our trip...we saw this snowy egret fishing by the bank..
and the Green Heron on the mud flats...
Hiding in the grass nearby was this little fellow I call him big hand Luke! IM not sure it may be a blue crab.
HE tried to pinch Flossie's nose when she went over to see what the heck is this thing..lol and Annie was ready to get after this cottontail
The spanish moss is everywhere...and gives everything a dreamy look...
just a few swallows were hanging around..
we broke for lunch but a thunder strom kept the girlz hiding in the van...and I realized Flossie was now sick too...SO at this point I knew we were not going to head upstate as I had planned..and would have to head back home...BUT I still had one last thing to do before leaving this area...
Visit the Learning Center and look for that Painted Bunting, the very reason for picking this location for our trip in the first place!! At the center the ranger tells me 2 nesting pairs are in the area...I saw this northern cardinal female who seems to have that mite problem that causes the head to lose all the feathers..poor thing.
AND then I see HIM...
The male Painted Bunting on the Learning Center's feeders!
He has every color of the rainbow in his feathers...NEW life bird for me...x'd him off the bullet list.!
I am alreay hoping my next lifer will be the Sandhill and/or Whooping CRANE...dont know where or when yet, just know its a bullet list bird for me...
Back to work Monday-YUK!