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Traveling in our Coach

~White-winged Dove

A Symbol of Peace …..

Back in April while camping at South Llano River State Park, I photographed these White-winged Doves.

The white-winged dove is a dove whose native range extends from the Southwestern United States through Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. They are large for doves, and can be distinguished from similar doves by the distinctive white edge on their wings. They have a blue eyering, and red eyes.

On this day, as we remember our fallen heroes, and as we show pride for our free and beautiful country, I hope you have peace in your hearts.

 

~A feathered ember in a desert landscape…

~South Llano River State Park – April 2022

A feathered ember in a desert landscape, the male Vermilion Flycatcher is exactly what its name says: a brilliant red bird that hawks flying insects from conspicuous perches on shrub tops and fences.

This perfectly describes these birds. (taken from All About Birds).

I “chased” these birds around the park for four days. I was able to capture the female pretty well; however, the male was more difficult. He didn’t sit still very long. They are fun to watch. They land on a tree branch and fly up into the air to catch bugs.

Male

Females are delightful in their own way, subtle gray-brown birds with a warm salmon-red blush to the underparts. Though they barely reach the southwestern U.S., this species is common all the way through Central America and much of South America.

Female

I did see a male Vermillion Flycatcher at Torrey Island Campground near Belle Glade, FL. It is listed as rare for this area.

~~ Happy Birding~~

 

~Friday’s Feathered Friend

Pileated Woodpecker – Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont, FL – March 2022

Wood chips were falling from the air. I looked up and noticed the reason why. This beautiful woodpecker was, I presume, hunting for bugs in this Pine tree.

 

Taken from the Web…

“Pileated” refers to the bird’s prominent red crest, from the Latin pileatus meaning “capped”.

The pileated woodpecker’s breeding habitat is forested areas across Canada, the eastern United States, and parts of the Pacific Coast. This bird favors mature forests and heavily wooded parks. They specifically prefer mesic habitats with large, mature hardwood trees, often being found in large tracts of forest. However, they also inhabit smaller woodlots as long as they have a scattering of tall trees.

Pileated woodpeckers mainly eat insects, especially carpenter ants and wood-boring beetle larvae. They also eat fruits, nuts, and berries, including poison ivy berries.[15] Pileated woodpeckers often chip out large and roughly rectangular holes in trees while searching out insects, especially ant colonies.[12] They also lap up ants by reaching with their long tongues into crevices. They are self-assured on the vertical surfaces of large trees, but can seem awkward while feeding on small branches and vines. They may also forage on or near the ground, especially around fallen, dead trees, which can contain a variety of insect life. They may forage around the sides of human homes or even cars, and can be observed feeding at suet-type feeders. Although they are less likely feeder visitors than smaller woodpeckers, pileateds may regularly be attracted to them in areas experiencing harsh winter conditions.

Lots of trees for that Pileated Woodpecker and many others.

Dixie Lake, Lake Louisa State Park

~~ Happy Birding~~

 

 

~Florida Shore Birds at Torry Island and Sugar Cane Fields

February 2022

Here are a few birds I saw while riding our ebikes around Torry Island RV park. We were camping at South Bay County Park in South Bay, FL. 

If I had to do it all over again, I would have tried to stay at Torry Island RV park instead of South Bay RV park. The road noise from Highway 27 was not pleasant and it was continuous.

The birding was most enjoyable!

~Common Gallinule

~Tricolored Heron

~White Ibis

~Little Blue Heron

~Great Egret

~Glossy Ibis

~Grey-headed Swamphen

However, the Okeechobee Lake levee, just outside of the South Bay RV park, was enjoyable to walk and ride on. South Bay to Torry Island was a two mile bike ride.

South Bay and the surrounding areas produce 57% of the Sugar Cane crops in the US. Sugar Cane fields for miles and miles.

Sugar Cane fields

Belle Glade, a neighboring town,  is known for its fertile soil and sugarcane production, carrying the slogan “Her Soil is her Fortune.”  The town is found on the southeast edge of Lake Okeechobee in Palm Beach County, Florida.

I like their slogan!