The Little Nuthatch — great blue heron

Lido Beach

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Hello old blog! My last post was Thanksgiving and yesterday was Christmas Day! I've been gone a while, busy with holiday orders and craft shows, in addition to making some little Christmas gifts and enjoying the season. One lovely weekend I had a craft show in Sarasota on the gulf coast of Florida and got to spend some time enjoying Lido Beach. These are from a morning walk at sunrise... And over the bay at sunset...

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Lake Woodruff NWR.

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I recently explored the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge for the first time. The trails are mostly wetlands, with one trail through pine flatwoods leading up to the St. Johns river. Very beautiful place! I visited it on a cool, slightly overcast day which was perfect for a place that could potentially be very hot and sunny.   There were TONS of birds there. I was very excited to see my first Virginia Rail among them. (Of course it quickly ducked into the reeds so I couldn't get a photo.)

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A dreary but beautiful morning.

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Knowing I was getting out of work early today, all I could think about was finally getting in some bird watching time! So despite the dreary clouds looming overhead I got in my car and was off to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, picked up breakfast at Sunrise Bread Co. and was on the beach by 10:30. Found this beautiful Prairie Warbler on the dune. Unfortunately, also discovered the return of mosquitoes. BIG TIME. Rushed back to car! Green Heron   Great Blue Heron Eventually it did start to rain... Black-necked Stilt. Love their legs.   Roseate Spoonbills in the...

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Oh, the plumage.

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From Merritt Island last weekend... Snowy Egret   Cattle Egret   White Ibis   Roseate Spoonbill   American White Pelicans   American Avocets   Great White Heron   Great Blue Heron   Sora   Eastern Kingbird

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Wading birds.

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The birds are beautiful out in their breeding plumage. From Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on Friday... White Morph Great Blue Heron (Great Egret has black legs.) Snowy Egret Great Blue Heron...bad hair day? Juvenile White Ibis Tri-colored Heron

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