Birdwatching Trip – Lake Hollingsworth 2/28

White Pelican

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Our latest bird watching trip was last Thursday, the 28th, to Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland. It turned out to be an interesting time. The true birder came out in us, because it was COLD. It was 45 degrees when we got there around 10:00 am and the wind was whipping off of the lake. I mean, this is Florida, you know! We were bundled-up, while there were some visitors walking around the lake in SHORTS (You know, the ones from Canada and Wisconsin, etc.); some of the “Floridarized” residents even had gloves on. Well, anyway, while we were taking pictures of a group of White Pelicans, a photographer was taking a picture of us. We ended up in Saturday’s “The Ledger,”our local newspaper. You never know what will happen when you go birding.
Article from the Lakeland, FL Ledger

Article from the Lakeland, FL Ledger

In between shivers, we watched the White Pelicans and got some good pictures. One of my favorite finds was to see a Black-crowned Night-Heron. It was the closest I have ever gotten to one. The rest of the birds seen were: Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Heron, Coots, Common Moorhens, Purple Gallinules, Mallards, Pied-billed Grebe, Tree Swallows, Redwings, Ospreys, and the normal bunch of Grackles and Vultures. Not a bad day, considering how Cold it was.

Black-crowned Night-Heron

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