Wood Ducks Are Back

Yesterday was the first time I’ve seen more than two or three Wood Ducks together since last spring’s ducklings matured earlier in the summer.

Wood Ducks on Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks on Alligator Ramp

Several were lined up on an Alligator ramp as I approached and a few small groups were paddling around in the pond. They tend to be skittish and their general direction was away from me, but a couple more flew onto the ramp.

Wood Ducks in Pond
Wood Ducks in Pond

I heard a Hawk call in the distance and these two groups and about twenty more that I didn’t even know were there in the tree line along my path flew off in a frenzy. Sadly, no photos of that!

Wood Ducks on Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks on Alligator Ramp

Little Blue Heron Pond Walk

This pond was dried out by management earlier this summer as work was done on the infrastructure. Now that the water has returned different vegetation is thriving.

Little Blue Heron Pond Walk
Little Blue Heron Pond Walk

A Little Blue Heron was poking his way along between some plants, some with pink flowers.

Little Blue Heron Pond Walk
Little Blue Heron Pond Walk

He had the place to himself and took his time; I didn’t see him catch any lunch.

Little Blue Heron Pond Walk
Little Blue Heron Pond Walk