Beyond the BackyardCircle B Bar Reserve

Circle B Bar Reserve is Pretty Quiet These Days

Last Friday, my dad and I headed to the Circle B Bar Reserve for the first time in several weeks. We decided to hike the Alligator Alley trail, where I had seen several Painted Buntings on my previous visit. But we were rather disappointed. We saw the usual herons and egrets, and a couple of small pelican flocks flying over Lake Hancock, but that was it. We spent most of our time trying to photograph Palm Warblers and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers, because they were the only birds around! We might have had more luck heading out to the Wading Bird Way trail, but we decided to take Herman’s advice and make a visit to Lake Morton instead. More on that soon!

The weather has been so warm that some of the trees at Circle B have already started to leaf out for spring. They are going to get a shock tomorrow night when we have a hard freeze!

Bird Species List (32 total): American Coot, American Robin, American White Pelican, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Boat-tailed Grackle, Common Gallinule, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Phoebe, Glossy Ibis, Gray Catbird (heard), Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, House Wren, Limpkin, Little Blue Heron, Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, Osprey, Palm Warbler, Pied-Billed Grebe, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird, Sandhill Crane, Tree Swallow, Tricolored Heron, White Ibis, Wood Stork