Nature Walks – After the Rain, 4 November 17

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Nature Walks – After the Rain, 4 November 17

Living right next to a busy street, I run a little fan in my bedroom for white noise and ventilation.  So I didn’t hear the rain falling early this morning.  I really wanted to go on another bird walk, so I waited awhile until the skies cleared off, which they do quite fast sometimes.

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By the time I drove to Green Cay, the roads were drying.  The boardwalk was still wet in places, but rapidly drying out in the warm Florida sunshine.  “Season” is starting up; there was a bigger crowd than I was used to, the snowbirds are arriving, along with the migratory birds from the northern climes.  Winter is coming.

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Every time I go to these wetlands, the cast of characters changes.  As I walked along the boardwalk, I could feel a wave of gratitude for having such a…

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Nature Walk, October 25, 2017 – Cool Down

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After sweltering through upper 80’s F and humidity all late spring, summer and early autumn, the local temperatures have finally dropped into the more comfortable lower 70’s, at least for a day or two.  It was heavenly to feel a strong breeze this morning as I began my walk at Green Cay.  Some folks were bundled up in sweaters, but a t-shirt was enough for me.

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There were some new babies today.  The black-bellied whistling ducks had a new brood of fuzzy gray-brown chicks.  With the cooler temperatures, there was more activity around the marsh.  I saw glossy ibis, white ibis, roseate spoonbills, egrets, herons, anhingas, bitterns, as well as black buzzards and osprey playing in the thermals above.

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Dawn had seen heavy rain falling in the Delray and Boynton Beach neighborhoods, but by late morning, the sky was filled with high…

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Nature Walk, October 20, 2017 – Windy Day

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Nature Walk, October 20, 2017 – Windy Day

We’ve had a lot of rain and wind today.  When I looked outside this morning, I wasn’t sure if it was going to rain or not but thought I would chance it.  I really needed a walk in “nature”… which for me in this area equals my two favorite wetlands.

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Upon arriving at Wakodahatchee, I noticed that there were more birds present, including anhingas, egrets, and Great Blue Herons.  There weren’t too many birds wading in the dark waters; rather they were perched in the pond apple trees, a short shrubby native tree that grows in marshes hereabouts.

When I came around a bend in the trail, I noticed a Great Blue Heron with a long branch in its beak.  Then the realization hit me: The herons were beginning to build their nests!

Here are some more photos, some taken at Wakodahatchee…

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Journal Entry 11 October, 2017 – Gators be there!

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Journal Entry 11 October 2017 – Gators be There!

Despite some huge fluffy clouds overhead, I drove to my favorite wetlands for some nice walking and photography.

Wakodahatchee is nearly empty these days as most of the birds have completed their nesting cycles.  I noticed that some of the smaller songbirds are now showing up in the hammocks, although photographing them with my camera is almost impossible given the fact the birds hop around from branch to branch.

There was a large alligator paused in mid-swim with its nose to a clump of marsh plants.  These armored beasts are very big and powerful.  Swimming in the dark waters of Florida’s marshes and ponds is not advisable due to their presence.

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I saw a couple of Great Blue Herons, although it could have been the same one flying around trying to get me to take a photo of it, lol!

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Few…

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Journal Entry, 09.19.2017 – Then There Was Two…

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Journal Entry, 09.19.2017 – Then There Was Two

First Harvey, then it was Irma and Jose — now it’s Jose and Maria.  These two latter named hurricanes are cruising through the Atlantic Ocean.  Jose is wandering slowly up the Eastern seaboard, off the coast but potentially bringing heavy rain and winds as it near Long Island and New England.  Maria is smashing what is left of the Windward Islands, American Virgin Islands and is now (Tuesday) churning towards Puerto Rico, that already bankrupt U.S. territory.  From early forecasts the storm is due to turn north after it creates havoc with the Dominican Republic and Haiti and steer well off the east coast of North America.  It doesn’t appear that the hurricane will affect Florida this time… or the Gulf States.  Yet one never quite knows where the storm is aiming until it makes or doesn’t make that northward turn.  We’ll…

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Journal Entry, 09.15.2017 – Irma: The Aftermath

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Journal Entry 09.15.2017 – Irma:  The Aftermath

Yes, folks, I survived Irma, one of the biggest, baddest hurricanes in recent history (or ever?).  It could have been a lot worst, but we still got hit with Category 1 winds here in Palm Beach County, north of Miami and Fort Lauderdale.  We were lucky.  Not living on a barrier island, being on the same grid at the power company, having the winds drop from a Category 4 at landfall to a Category 1… all of these factors led to our surviving the onslaught of this behemoth without much damage.

The Caribbean islands, the Dominican Republic / Haiti and Cuba… plus the Florida Keys suffered the most damage.  Especially the Keys.  There are 10,000 people there, those who didn’t, couldn’t, wouldn’t evacuate… now without water, power, sewer, air conditioning or food.  The authorities are doing their best, but it is going to…

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Nature Walk 08.31.2017 – Humid and Hot

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