Had a nice morning counting at the refuge yesterday. Nothing exceptional, just lots of regular birds, gators and other critters. I suppose the most unusual bird I had was a juvenile White-faced Ibis, he had another one with him, perhaps a sibling? Duck numbers are still low but diversity is increasing. American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Redhead, Gadwall and Green-winged Teal were all first of the fall records for me. Swamp and Savannah Sparrows were very common and there are hordes of Palms and Myrtle Warblers. 2 Indigo Buntings eluded my camera as did a very shy River Otter that hid behind a clump of grass for over 10 minutes before swimming off! Didn't take many pictures as time was short but I did manage one or two.
|ducks are starting to arrive for the winter; by January there will be 20+ species at the refuge, mostly on Stoney Bayou 2 and Mounds Pool 3.|
|now the water temps are starting to drop the refuge lizards are starting to show well!|