Beyond the BackyardCircle B Bar Reserve

Sunny Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

My in-laws are visiting this weekend, and Rich and I took them for a walk to the Circle B Bar Reserve this morning. We were welcomed by some Killdeer on the Heron Hideout trail. This is my first sharp Killdeer picture, and I was excited to get it. :)

Killdeer

Killdeer

A hawk was watching us from the “treasure tree” as we headed up Heron Hideout.

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Red-Shouldered Hawk

We had fun watching an alligator as we turned onto Marsh Rabbit Run. This Pied-Billed Grebe swam close (but not too close) to the gator.

Pied-Billed Grebe

Pied-Billed Grebe

There were tons of Blue-Winged Teals out today. I liked the blue and green feather patches shown in this picture:

Blue-Winged Teals

Blue-Winged Teals

I was excited to see Ring-Necked Ducks out on Wading Bird Way. I also saw my first Northern Harrier flying over the marsh, and a flock of Least Sandpipers said goodbye as we left.

Species list: Anhinga, American Coot, American Goldfinch, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Black Vulture, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-Tailed Grackle, Common Moorhen, Double-Crested Cormorant, Eastern Phoebe, Glossy Ibis, Gray Catbird, Great Blue Heron, Greater Yellowlegs, House Wren, Killdeer, Least Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Lesser Scaup, Limpkin, Little Blue Heron, Mottled Duck,Northern Harrier, Osprey, Palm Warbler, Pied-Billed Grebe, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Red-Winged Blackbird, Ring-Necked Duck, Roseate Spoonbill, Sandhill Crane, Snowy Egret, Tree Swallow, Tricolored Heron, Turkey Vulture, White Ibis, Wood Stork