Sunday June 18th
I hadn't planned on walking the four miles around the north cell at Harns Marsh, but the weather was tolerable. Not terribly hot, not very buggy, there was a nice breeze and its not raining.
|Sandhill Crane at Harns Marsh|
Harns Marsh is operated as a storm water retention facility by the East County Water Control District to control flooding in the area. Just a few weeks ago the marsh along with this entire region of
were suffering from drought conditions. Most all of the wetlands here had dried
out. Drainage ditches had dried out and
were populated with vultures working over the remains of the many dead fish
left behind. These conditions were also bad on the wildlife depending on these
wetlands Limpkins and many other wading birds have been concentrating at the
few wet holes still remaining. Species like the gray-headed swamphens and
purple gallinules have disappeared. Florida
|Brownheaded Cowbird seen at Harns Marsh|
But the rains have arrived. Heavy rains. Lots of water. Lots of sheet flow. All of these dried out canals, lakes and wetlands are now full. Very Full. Today the water levels are too high and moving too swiftly at Harns Marsh for the wading birds. But today I'm walking the four miles to see if any of the swamphens or purple gallinules could be relocated elsewhere on the property. Did sight a couple of Snail Kites and a count of sixteen Limpkins, plus a Least Bittern and a handful of Mottled Ducks. But no swamphens or purple gallinules.
|Live Apple Snail photographed at Harns Marsh|