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~A Walk

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota, Florida

Last Thursday, Howard and I  took a walk down a path in the park.

We ran into a naturalist, on Wednesday when we arrived, and he told us about this path, saying he has seen Barred Owls in this area.  We met him last year when we visited the park for the first time, and found him to be a real character and very knowledgeable.

I was sharing with him my lack of never having seen¬†a Barred Owl in the wild. Saying, “it would be a nice Life List bird for me”. So off we go in search of this elusive owl.

It was a pleasant walk with temperatures just about perfect. The path we were walking on was slightly higher than the forest floor with swampy areas between us and the trees.

As we walked along enjoying the scenery, we saw something fly across the road up ahead of us. We tracked it to where we thought it entered the forrest. We were looking up into the trees and this Red-shouldered Hawk had landed on the ground next to the water. Seeing it standing there, near the water, was a surprise. It appeared to be digging in the moist earth. Of course as we approached it flew up into the trees.

Sadly, no Barred Owl sighting for me on this day, just a beautiful hawk. I will keep searching.

We continued, over the next 30 minutes or so, to watch this hawk as it hunted along this path. After observing, ¬†it fly into several different places and its behavior, I believe it was gathering nesting material; however, I can’t be sure.

Here are several photos as it flew from the ground to tree to tree.


The hawk flew to this stump and sat there looking around. Notice its muddy beak.



It took to higher ground landing on this tree branch.



This spot was near the ground; a low branch over the swamp.


Last location, was back into a tree. This photo is blurry, but it shows this beautiful Red-shouldered hawk snapping small twigs.


The feathered photo above shows a Palm Warbler with its back to me. I took this photo while watching the Red-shouldered Hawk.

Later in the day, in a different location, I took this photo of another Palm Warbler.


The header photo above shows Black-bellied Whistling Ducks catching a few winks.

Life is good, Happy Birding!

~A Patch of Red~

Photo location: Blue Run of Dunnellon Park, Dunnellon, Florida


Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

While staying at Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon, Florida we drove a few miles¬†to hike the beautiful¬†trail system the town of Dunnellon opened in 2008. What an¬†amazing achievement for this lovely small town. This recreation area offers locals and visitors, from around the world, the opportunity to get outside and¬†enjoy¬†nature and to see the “blue” Rainbow River up close.

We hiked this trail with friends who live in a nearby town; we enjoyed their company and the beautiful scenery. We have camped at Rainbow Springs State Park several times, but had never hiked this area and we are so glad we did.

This hawk was spotted by Howard as we walked the Blue Run Trail. It¬†was sitting on a tree branch that grew¬†out across the trail. Howard, actually didn’t see the hawk at first, but almost felt a little gift as we walked under the tree.

Of course we all stopped to admire its beauty. I guess this Red-shouldered Hawk¬†didn’t appreciate our admiration, because it flew out into a marshy area and this is where I was able to take my photo as it sat there looking up at some small birds.

Coming, more photos from Rainbow Springs State Park…

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Red-Shouldered Hawks:

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
"Should we try for one?"
“Should we try for one?”

These two hawks, sitting in a tree above the shoreline near the group below, were waiting for a chance to catch breakfast. It was tough getting a clear shot of them, because they were hiding behind tree branches and leaves.

Wondering what to do about those two hawks.
“What should we do about those two hawks?”
Glossy Ibis (winter)
Glossy Ibis (winter)

Until next time….