Yesterday I made the long trek out to the St. John’s River at Puzzle Lake from Brumley Rd. I’m always impressed with place when I go.
I was hoping for returning shorebirds, and I didn’t get anything new for the year, but it was nice to see returning Greater Yellowlegs and Least Sandpipers, hopefully as a sign of other species to come over the next few weeks.
Killdeer and Black-necked Stilts are stilt there, of course, and it was exciting to see some little chicks running about.
I added four new birds to the eBird hotspot: Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Wood Duck, Swallow-tailed Kite and Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and I added Ruby-throated Hummingbird to my own list for the hotspot. In all I saw 47 species–here’s my eBird checklist.
It was also fun to see this Sabatia flower, which I’m pretty sure is a Large Flower Sabatia. I’ve photographed Saltmarsh Sabatia here before (Rose of Plymouth), but this flower was significantly larger than a quarter, and I don’t think the flower petals of Rose of Plymouth are supposed to get larger than a quarter.
I also photographed a Robber Fly, which I believe is a Red-footed Cannibalfly. I photographed another a few days ago at the Jones East Trailhead to this same forest.