Friday, March 16, 2012

Ring-necked Snake at Harm's Marsh

Tuesday, March 20th.

This Ring-necked Snake was found sunning itself at Harn's Marsh

The water level seems to be falling at Harn's Marsh and more wading and shore birds were found. Had a single Black-necked Stilt, some Yellowlegs in breeding colors, Western Sandpipers and Killdeers. The duck population is greatly diminished with absence of ring-necked and lesser scaup. Plenty of Blue-winged Teal still and plenty of Mottled Ducks.  Was surprised to find a pair of male Wood Ducks. I don't recall seeing wood ducks here before. The American Coot population remains very large and Common Gallinules are still common.

Black-necked Stilt
Limpkins and Snail Kites still have a strong presence. Did find that Northern Harrier and American Kestrel are still here, but for the past several days I noticed an absence of the tree swallows that had been so numerous this winter. A few Palm Warblers and Savannah Sparrows were found today also.

Tri-Colored Heron

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