Wednesday, December 7, 2011
December Nature Walk
The Lower Suwannee Refuge is always a joy to walk in and this day was no exception. Ed DeHaan and Roger McDaniels joined Donna and John Thalacker for the Friends group monthly nature hike in the woods along Barnett Creek Road. We started the walk at 8am, and though it was a little cool and very quiet, we were soon rewarded with the sighting of a Barred Owl sitting on an overhanging branch. Because of the cool weather, we didn’t see any snakes or alligators but there were plenty of still fresh, muddy otter tracks to keep us occupied. As the weather warmed up, we saw a Titmouse, several Pine warblers, and woodpeckers along the way to the creek. Once we arrived at Barnett Creek, we birders were pretty excited at the chance to spend about 5 minutes looking at and photographing the secretive Sora. By 9:15am, even the butterflies were out. We had plenty of opportunities to photograph Monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries and even a Queen butterfly. Please join us January 9 for our monthly nature walk. We don’t walk far, and we don’t walk fast – otherwise we would miss too much! Meet us at 8am at the entrance to Cabin Road. The easiest way to find it is to enter the refuge at the South Entrance to the Lower Suwannee Nature Drive. Go approximately 1½ to 2 miles to Cabin Road. Cabin Road will be on your left and is well marked. Have a happy, safe holiday and we hope to see you in January!