“Who let the sunshine in?”
“Okay, okay, I’m awake! Just a little yawn.”
“Maybe a big yawn. Ahh, that feels better!”
“Let’s get this day started!”
How we start the morning can sometimes influence our actions, emotions and attitudes for the remainder of that day. After walking along the shore of the local lake, hearing the tapping of a sapsucker on an oak branch, seeing gulls and terns soaring in an impossibly blue sky, listening to the peeps and chips of warblers in trees, watching the above Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) waking up — the rest of the day was simply wonderful.
Please enjoy some pictures of a few old friends we saw yesterday morning.
The local lake is fairly typical of an urban park here in central Florida. The shore is lined with cypress and oak trees, various grasses including the cat-tail grow profusely, water hyacinths offer great cover for fish and there are creeks and canals which assist in water flow during heavy rains.
A female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) diligently pried up pieces of bark on an oak tree limb looking for breakfast bugs.
This Common Gallinule (Gallinula chloropus) enjoys a morning salad within the dark recesses of a boggy area.
It’s hard NOT to notice a Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica), especially when this “water” bird perches in a tree!
Just in case you miss the bright reddish-orange wing patches and outspread tail, this Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) belts out a morning song from atop a cypress tree to ensure you notice him.
Warblers are abundant just about everywhere as they fuel up for their journey northward. This Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata) posed briefly then continued to vacuum up insects from the underside of leaves.
A Great Egret (Ardea alba) heads for the top of a tall Bald Cypress tree to catch the early morning rays of the sun. This bird is in breeding plumage as noted by the green lores and long plumes trailing behind.
I watched this Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) work the shoreline by walking a step, stopping and scratching the mud with one foot and snapping up anything which tried to escape. This snowy is also in breeding plumage.
A pair of White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) looked me over carefully just before landing right behind me.
An immature Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) cruises the shallows looking for any fish reckless enough to linger near the surface.
At the boat ramp, several gulls and terns decorated the dock and nearby posts enjoying the warming sun. A Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri) stretches and preens at the end of the dock.
I would like to think the Royal Tern (Sterna maxima) was pointing his beak to the heavens in thankfulness for another day. In reality, I’m pretty sure he was checking for raptors overhead. He looked in all directions quite often as gulls, Osprey and a young Bald Eagle continually overflew the area and cast shadows over the dock. That’s enough to make any tern perched out in the open nervous! (Note this bird has been banded.)
We hope our friends have helped start your day on a positive note!
Enjoy your search for a natural place and come back for a visit!
Linking to Stewart’s “Wild Bird Wednesday”. See more birds from around the world at Paying ReadyAttention for