Thursday, January 30, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday

 Happy Thankful Thursday!

I have always tried to visit any National Wildlife Refuge located in an area we are visiting. While in Florida I found the Lake Woodruff NWR located in DeLeon Springs Florida. This refuge was established in 1964 as a migratory bird refuge, one of many refuges purchased through the Federal Duck Stamp program.  The refuge contains various habitats of marshes, swamps, creeks, hammocks and uplands. Over 230 species of birds can be found  in the refuge seasonally. 


The trail map showing miles of man made dikes that form the pools attracting all kinds of birds. There was a Bald Eagle nest, which was seen not far from the parking lot. We saw 2 Bald Eagles in flight, an Osprey, Northern Harrier, Turkey Vultures, American Coots. I believe a Chipping Sparrow or could it be a Swamp Sparrow? The last photo of the tower. 


Habitats at the refuge include the Cypress Swamp land.








 I am pretty sure these white flowers are the Swamp lilies, found in marsh land, swamps and wet hammocks.



 Trail was blocked for awhile with these Turkey Vultures, I guess they are better than having an alligator laying across the trail. 


Luckily for us the rain stopped long enough for us to hike out to the tower.


 I could hear the Sandhill Cranes hear somewhere, I just could not find them.  Previous winters there were a pair of Whooping Cranes established on this refuge.


 A cloudy view from the tower, you can see the creek or part of the Lake Woodruff and the man-made dikes.


There were plenty of American Coots seen at the refuge.




One thing about a cloudy day, the alligators were not out sunning themselves. I still looked at the grasses along the trail to make sure a gator was not laying there waiting for us.  I think we walked close to 3 miles round trip at this refuge.


 I loved these big oak trees with the spanish moss. 



 Anhinga was hanging on top of a pole.


After driving out of the national wildlife refuge, there was a large group of Peacocks walking around a private yard.  There must have been 20 or more peacocks. They were on the grass, the driveway and the porch.






I am thankful for the federal park land for all of us to use, hopefully this park land will always remain unspoiled park land for generations to come.

I am thankful for the National Park Foundation, they help protect our parks for next generations.  

I am thankful for the Friends of Wildlife Refuge,  they spend their time to helping out at the wildlife refuges. 

I am thankful for the National Park Tract and Land Preservation.They help to conserve land and wildlife habitat bordering or creating new national park land.

I am always thankful for your visit and comments.
Live simple and be happy!  😊




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Monday, January 27, 2020

Our World, My World


 Happy Monday!

Here is an update from around the yard and neighborhood. These are some images from my deck and yard this month.  January is almost over, we have had 2 little snow events. 


One week we had pretty blue skies and temp's in the 60's and now we are having an arctic blast. Temp's in the teens and up to the low 30's.


The pretty sky images are from January 2nd.



Interesting cloud formations and a pretty skywatch.




On January 2nd, it was a warmer day, hubby and I took walk to the lake. There were 5-6 maybe more of the Common Merganser on the lake.  Not the best photos, of the male above and the female on the bottom.



The Common Merganser on the lake, it looks like they leave behind a wake like a boat. There are a lot of trees in between the fire road and the lake.  I could not get a very clear shot of these Mergansers.






January 18, my feeders are busy with the birds and squirrels chowing down the food. I have the usual visitors: Cardinals, Juncos, Nuthatch, Woodpeckers, Goldfinches, House Finches, Mourning Doves. 


The last snow turned into sleet and freezing rain, it was not pretty. Temperatures as I type are in the teens. Below the male Cardinal and the male and female Dark-eyed Junco.





The moon images are from the morning of January 12th.




This is my world in January 2020, I hope you enjoyed!

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Saturday's Critters #319

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!


For my critter post, I have mostly birds and two cute furbabies we met while walking on the River to Sea Beach Park and near the Washington Oaks State Park.   Osprey eating a meal at the top of a light pole, Starlings and a nearby Hawk. 


 The Osprey watching the Starlings above on the pole.


 We saw a lot of Sanderlings and Ruddy Turnstones. 


 Ruddy Turnstones on the coquina rocks near Washington Oaks State Park.


 I am guessing at the id below, the Royal Tern.






Dogs just love hubby, we met these two goldendoodles while in Florida. They were cute and friendly.







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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday


 Happy Thankful Thursday! 

 Is Florida the sunshine state?  Washington Oaks State Park has a two parts. There is a beach area with the Coquina Rocks and the formal gardens.  We visited this park on Christmas Day, we walked on the beach and around the gardens. It was another 7 mile day.

 When in Florida, you have to have a pretty day for a beach walk.  Yes, clear sunny skies did appear on our December trip.  I am thankful to see the sunshine.



 Shorebirds landing on the Coquina rocks.


Tidal pools in the Coquina rock formations. 


A pretty sky and Brown Pelicans. 


The rocky Coquina Beach, Washington Oaks State Park.


 The formal gardens at Washington Oaks State Park. Christmas decorations and trees, Monarch Butterfly, pond, Zebra Longwing, rose and iris. Our total miles walked on Christmas day was 7.2 miles. Most of the Garden walk was a loop trail at Washington Oaks, I think it was almost 4 miles and the rest of the walk was at the beach.



I am thankful for sunny skies on my vacations. 
I am always thankful for the beauty all around me.  
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Monday, January 20, 2020

Our World, My World

 Hello, Happy Monday everyone!


I am sharing more on our road trip to Florida. I mentioned before how I like to research new parks and places to visit before leaving home.  On this day I already had the address in our GPS for the Haw Creek Preserve State Park.  It is nice to find these parks, which are new to us. Florida as a lot of nature preserves,  state parks and local parks.  The 1005 acre park is located in Bunnell, Flagler County. 


The park has a 1.5 mile round-trip boardwalk and also has a boat launch. 





It was a cloudy day and some rain the morning we were there. The scenery is beautiful, even with the rain drops. There are spurs off the main boardwalk that take you to views of the creek. The birds we saw were mostly waders and very shy, they flew off as soon as they noticed us.


Two birds hung around for a photo op, the Limpkin and the Wood Stork. Other birds seen were the Great Blue Heron, Great Egret and a Little Blue Heron.  Yes, people there are trash cans for your trash. Please use them. 


 A view of the Haw Creek.


The boardwalk views remind me of our other park visits in Florida like Lettuce Lake and the Hillsborough River State Park.








 The boardwalk goes by Cypress trees, tall Palms and  lots of Palmetto Palms.  I am sure there were lots of alligators there too. 


 Another look and view from one of the boardwalk spurs, the Haw Creek.


 A nearby Limpkin did not seem shy around us, it must have been searching for snails.



 The Wood Stork was a little hidden by the tree.







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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Saturday's Critters # 318

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!


 I am sharing more birds and critters from our December Road trip, we were in Florida for 5 of the days.

The Gopher Tortoise likes sandy soil, dunes and coastal grasslands. They dig a burrow and spend most of their lives in the burrow. This Tortoise shares their burrow home with possibly as many as 360 other species including snakes, mice, fox, skunk, frogs, rabbits, armadillo, lizards and burrowing owls. The burrow can be 52 feet long and 23 feet deep.

Down the road some at another beach, we found 2 Gopher Tortoises outside their burrow.


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We stopped to see what birds were at the Matanzas Inlet, Flagler County Florida.  If there was a time for my birding scope ( hubby says I told you to pack the scope)  this was it. The birds were too far away, it looked like  a large flock of various gulls, terns, shorebirds and I assume Black Skimmers.


 A Semipalmated Plover.


 Pretty sure these are Willets. Id update: thanks to Ken and Anni the birds below are Dowitchers.




 









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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday!


 Hello, Happy Thankful Thursday!


Dec 23rd it was our 2nd day in Florida. Yay for the sunshine! We headed to Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine Florida and stopped at various beach parks on the way back down the coast.  

We spent some time walking on the beach at the Anastasia State Park, had a view of the Saint Augustine Lighthouse, me and my shadow, flowers, Gopher Tortoise, Brown Pelicans, Osprey and the Great Egret.




The Gopher Tortoise likes sandy soil, dunes and coastal grasslands. They dig a burrow and spend most of their lives in the burrow. This Tortoise shares it burrow home with possibly as many as 360 other species including snakes, mice, fox, skunk, frogs, rabbits, armadillo, lizards and burrowing owls. Can you imagine  co-existing with so many different species? The burrow can be 52 feet long and 23 feet deep.


Me and my shadow on Anastasia State Park beach.  LOL, I look headless, my camera up to my face.


The Brown Pelican is one of my favorite birds, I love watching them in flight.


Heading back down the coast we stopped at the River to Sea beach.  I heard and saw a group of these birds before I found one of them sitting on a wire near the River to Sea Preserve. The Nanday Parakeet or also known as the Black-hooded Parakeet.







I am always thankful to be able to go on a road trip or any kind of trip.
I am always thankful for the sunshine!
I am always thankful for your visit and comments.
Live simple and be happy!  😊




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