Sunday, January 31, 2016
Winter Road Trip
I've been waiting on the weather window to open so I could take a winter road trip and finally it did! Last weekend we had ice this weekend I hit the road...Still not as sunny as I'd like it to be but hopefully it will change..so where in the world am I you ask? One guess...here I am parked under the cabbage palms the state tree of the State I'm in..
Im only just barely in the state of FL, I'm camped currently at Little Talbot Island SP. east of Jacksonville, FL. Thanks to my sister for keeping my big dogs and looking out for Mom so I can have some free time to do some winter birding..
I saw a lot of birds today...yesterday was a lot of driving and getting settled for camping for the day and a walk on the beach...so today I concentrated on finding some birds...I wish I had better photos..and the clouds didnt help.
American Kestrel a bit far away...
Willet also far away playing in the surf..
Went to get my passport stamped at Kingsley Plantation and there was a tree full of Cedar Wax wings...
A river runs right in front of the plantation house I saw this man and his best friend out for a boat ride...
they made the slave quarters out of what they call Tabby...its oyster shells, sand, and water...
this one is sort of eroded, here is how it probably looked in the days when it was in use...
after visiting this spot the sun was still hiding so I went to the boardwalk on Big Talbot Island and it was full of stuff to see...
Hooded Mergansers and Shovelers
Pied Billed Grebes
blue winged teal
Redwinged Blackbird Females
Im going with Lesser Scaup it didnt appear that big to me, a new lifer and the female was there too...
later on in the day I head to Ft George just south of my campground and saw flocks of mixed gulls, terns, and skimmers.
little blue heron immature,
And lots of these guys around some already on nests..
My campsite at Little Talbot is right on the marsh pretty good spot too..and the fastest WifiI've ever had in my entire life!! At home Im happy to get 2 bars of a 4G signal here Im getting 4 bars!!
I only scratched the surface of all I saw yesterday and today...I hope to have more to share as the week progresses and I continue South!
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.