Saturday, January 26, 2013
We ended 2012 at Port St. Lucie and began 2013 with walks almost daily nearby at "Wood Stork Trail" (trails name sake is at left - aka "old flint-head").
For you birders - our bird list numbers were 488 for 2012, 609 for our journey list including 24 life birds.
Just so you know, we are not strictly "for the birds", we do note other critters. This Dog-day Cicada (one of the annual cicadas) was singing in our RV Park and gave us a close up view, possibly a snack for one of the nearby birds.
This large shrub is Dahoon and the locals call it Christmas Berry. This abundant fruit supply is definitely a major food source for hundreds of Am. Robins and Yellow-rumped Warblers, plus Cedar Waxwings, Cardinals, and Blue Jays.
We took another trip west to the Allopattah Flats. A different habitat produces different birds. For you non-birders, there are lots of cattle and of course the abundant Cattle Egrets feasting on insect life that the cattle disturb.
While observing a Crested Caracara, (pictured below) this majestic Bald Eagle flew in chasing the caracara off the perch and landed right above us.
Although smaller, the Caracara made off with the prize, a fresh road-kill.
A bird must have taken this picture.
Love & Prayers to all.
Ty & Ida Baumann
Friday, January 4, 2013
Later we saw a Loggerhead Sea Turtle, a Razorbill, Parasitic Jaeger and 4 Frigatebirds actively feeding out from the Ft. Pierce inlet.
This last month we have spent great family time with Daryl (Ty's brother) and Vicki, joining them for church including great Christmas programs, Bible Studies and meals together. We also have visited local parks and wildlife areas along Hutchinson's Island together.
For January 1st we took the "Polar Bear Plunge" (in the Lake Michigan tradition) in the solar heated pool of the RV Park. No one else joined us as they say the pool is "too cold" at 75 degrees.
Happy New Year & God's Blessing
Ty & Ida Baumann