Birdwatching at Lake Morton and S. Lake Howard

With all that has been going on lately, we have not had much time or chance to go visit the birds. When Tropical Storm Debby came by, she dropped quite a bit of rain in the area. Some “true” birdwatchers were out and about seeing some really neat birds that were blown off course. We played the “fair weather” birders and stayed indoor where it was dry. Some areas had 12-15 inches, but we had about 6 inches of rain here at the house.

On the 28th we stopped by Lake Morton, in Lakeland, on the way to an errand. We took the cameras and knew the local birds would be there. Not too many surprises other than I counted over 30 Mute Swans. This is even with all the eggs that were stolen from the nests. Also, I found several Wood Ducks swimming around, an immature Wood Stork, and three “Aflac” Mallard Ducks sitting in the shade of a park bench.

On the 2nd, last evening, we took our cameras with us and spent a few minutes taking photos of the flooding at South Lake Howard Nature Park. The water has receded some from earlier. At one point last week, the “island” was under water completely. We saw it then, but didn’t have a camera with us as we drove by.

Decided to share some of the photos of the two visits. We saw – Mute and Black Swans, Wood Ducks and Wood Storks, Mallards, Ospreys, Laughing Gulls, Great Egret, Anhingas, Red-winged and Boat-tailed Blackbirds, Mourning Doves, Rock Pigeons, White Ibises, Great Blue Heron, Limpkins, Muscovy Ducks, Common Gallinules, and heard Monk Parakeets and a Red-bellied Woodpecker. Not bad for about 30 minutes at Morton and 10 minutes at the Nature Park. Some of the photos are just of the water. Trees are standing in water that normally are on dry ground.

He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. (Luke 6:48 KJV)

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All photos are by me. Dan hasn’t showed me his yet. Bummer, his are always better. If you know what kind of Gull that is, leave a comment, please. I think they are young and I am not the best at IDing them.

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4 thoughts on “Birdwatching at Lake Morton and S. Lake Howard

  1. Wow, Lee, these pictures are terrific. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a real stork, so that was especially interesting. Sorry to hear you got so much water. Wish we could have gone “halvies.” We have been in a terrible drought (even whole trees dying), with temps running 105-111 for days and days at a time.

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    • We see Wood Storks all the time around here. That one at the lake will come right up to a person feeding the ducks and get in line. :) We actually fed two of them on that day and they make a snapping sound when there beak closes. I was tossing bread to all the birds and they were catching it in air.
      Sorry about your lack of rain. We had a very dry winter and spring. Lost a small tree. We are very thankful for the rain, even if all came at once.

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  2. You might enjoy reading a cute children’s picture book, The Little Wood Duck”
    by Brian Wildsmith. It has a very nice message which I won’t reveal – thus you can enjoy it yourself.

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