November 18, 2018
Regis and I went birding at the Saltmarsh yesterday and saw lots of birds. We saw four different birds of prey: Bald Eagle, Osprey, Red-tailed hawk, and Northern Harrier. While standing on the dock at the intracoastal waterway (ICW), I looked across the ICW at the GTM Reserve to watch all the bird activity. Regis called that a manatee had just surfaced. It turned out to be four manatees cruising by the dock. There was a baby in the group! They were so close, I couldn’t get a picture with my long lens until they got further away. I suppose they are migrating to warmer waters. There were lots of boats headed south on the ICW also. The manatees were hugging the shore and I hope they do that the whole way so they don’t get run over by those boats.
I took Regis birding with me at the same place I saw the leucistic Blue-gray Gnatcatcher last Monday and Regis found it again. How cool is that??
Following are some favorite bird pictures from the last few bird hikes.