On Thursday, the OTOW Unique Birders met at the H & R parking lot at 7:30 AM to carpool to the Withlacoochee Bay Trail where we began scanning for birds around 9:00.
There was a beautiful Red-tailed Hawk waiting in the parking area, welcoming us.
Once we all assembled and started on the 4+ mile drive, he left.
The Cardinals were out in numbers!
One of the first birds we spotted along the trail was this beautiful Brown Thrasher. I also saw what I believe was a Summer Tanager - but did not get a picture good enough to post. Others in our group reported hearing its song, so I'm fairly confident in my identification.
Along the bank of the river, Fiddler Crabs played in the mud. This one was giving us the claw.
We saw several Bald Eagles - but this was the only one close enough for a decent picture.
One of a couple of Red-breasted Mergansers.
The State Bird - Mockingbird.
Several Brown Pelicans flew by for pictures.
And a large flock of White Pelicans flew overhead.
As we rounded the turn to head back, this snake blocked the road.
I heard one birder say it was a Water Snake and another was sure it was a Corn Snake. He sure was a pretty brown!