Beyond the BackyardCircle B Bar Reserve

Flight Shots at the Circle B Bar Reserve

Yesterday (Sunday) was a great morning for flight shots at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  The sunrise was pretty, then the birds were flying from the lake on Wading Bird Way across the trail towards Lake Hancock.  I saw Blue-Winged Teals, Green-Winged Teals, Gadwalls, American Wigeons, Northern Shovelers, and Mottled Ducks.

The American Coots are by far the most common bird out on the lakes right now.  I always enjoy laughing at them as they do their “walk on water” routine.  Then one took off in flight!  I don’t seem to see them in flight very often.

It wasn’t until I got home that I realized I had pictures of Gadwalls in flight.  They were my first of the season.

The yellow flowers are in full bloom at the Circle B Bar Reserve, and the marshes are quite pretty.  After they fade, I’ll be ready for a good frost.  Then we’ll be able to better see the bitterns and rails!

Bird Species List (38 total): American Coot, American Robin, American Wigeon, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue Jay, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-tailed Grackle, Brown Pelican, Common Gallinule, Double-Crested Cormorant, Eastern Meadowlark (heard), Eastern Phoebe, Gadwall, Glossy Ibis, Gray Catbird (heard), Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green-Winged Teal, House Wren, Limpkin, Little Blue Heron, Mottled Duck, Northern Shoveler, Osprey, Palm Warbler, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird, Ring-Necked Duck, Sandhill Crane, Savannah Sparrow, Tricolored Heron, White Ibis, Wood Stork