Spring Flowers

Spring is finally coming to that corner of Alabama I periodically reside in.
In addition to the wild iris, there are other small flowers. An Oxalis
and a spring beauty

Tybee & Savannah National Wildlife Reservation.

Alligators are the stars at the reservation. We visited in mid-March (during Spring break) which is a tad early. Mid-April is better. Still we saw (in addition to the big lizards): white ibis, glossy ibis, house swallows, coots, anhinga, osprey, great white egret, cattle egret, and blue heron.  And we weren’t particularly careful about it (there were several other birds we didn’t identify).

Not all the birds were natural. This shows what my cheap mirror lens can do.

This blue heron calmly waited for us to take his picture. (he was fishing).

On Tybee, the gulls were enjoying the washed up jellyfish, when they weren’t strolling about and begging for handouts.

Tybee beach.

Spring in Alabama.

Nothing literary today. The weather’s too nice to sit for long in front of a computer. After a surprisingly cold January and first half of February, it’s warmed up and the signs of Spring are upon us. The tree frogs hide around our house, but we hear the wood frogs in the wet and swampy parts of the woods.

A sleeping tree frog


Spring Daffodils
More Daffodils

They’re already wilting in the heat.

Sandhill Cranes #birding #alabama

Sandhill cranes often stop outside of Centre Alabama during the middle of winter.  This year is no exception.

The majority of the flock (about 1000 birds) has shifted to a new location. It’s one with better water and hunting. Unfortunately it’s a little further from the road.  There are still smaller flocks off CR22 where they were before.