The Daily Bucket is a place where we post and exchange our observations about what is happening in the natural world in our neighborhoods. Birds, blooms, bugs & more - each note is a record that we can refer to in the future as we try to understand the patterns that are quietly unwinding around us.
This is a quick bucket about some of what I saw when I went to the coast yesterday.
What I mostly saw was water. The tide was high and heavy rains had fallen meaning that both tidal and freshwater marshes and ponds were full.
Shorebirds have started to reappear. This is a not very good picture of a Ruddy Turnstone showing it still in vibrant breeding plumage. I'm not sure what the smaller sandpiper.
On surprise fish-eater for the day was this White Pelican. Typically these are winter birds here in north Florida.
I went back later in the afternoon to try and get some photos when there were no other people around. I discovered the area was rife with alligators.
First I came across an older juvenile - the body (not counting tail) was about the size of a beagle. It was in a tiny creek right at the mouth of a culvert. It was in deep shade so no picture.
Getting to the edge of the pond I prepared to walk past the education center to get to where the babies had been earlier. Then I spot another 'gator'. Can you see it?
"Green Diary Rescue" is Back!
After a hiatus of over 1 1/2 years, Meteor Blades has revived his excellent series. As MB explained, this weekly diary is a "round-up with excerpts and links... of the hard work so many Kossacks put into bringing matters of environmental concern to the community... I'll be starting out with some commentary of my own on an issue related to the environment, a word I take in its broadest meaning."
"Green Diary Rescue" will be posted every Saturday at 1:00 pm Pacific Time on the Daily Kos front page.