Day Three - North Florida Trip
One of my target birds on this trip was to find a white-breasted nuthatch. This species rarely ventures any further south then the Red Hills of Tallahassee. Its reported that there are many reliable venues in and around the state capital.
|Marsh observed along nature trail at Tall Timbers|
I had an interest in checking the Tall Timbers Research Station s private facility located just south of the Georgia border. We found the staff to be friendly and helpful.
Spent a couple of hours searching the nature trail. We managed to locate several brown-headed nuthatches along with a loud white-breast nuthatch. We also added ruby-crowned kinglet, carolina & house wrens, eastern bluebirds, eastern towhee, chipping sparrow, tufted titmice and pileated woodpecker.
Next stop was a pond on Biltmore Avenue,in Tallahassee to seek a couple more targets. Geese.
The pond is home to around a hundred canada geese and a lone snow goose. Other species present here included ruddy ducks, shovelers and dunlins. We were informed by a lady walking her dog that they were hopefully that the pair of whooping cranes that wintered here last winter would return any day.
|Our state bird - the Northern Mockingbird|
As we still had some sun light left, Bob wanted another try at getting some additional photography at St Marks. Yesterday's precipitation slowed him down a bit. We had a couple of hours of day light and revisited some of the same stops as yesterday.
|Geese in Tallahassee|