Florida... If you have been reading my blog, you know that my family and I went on a trip to Florida recently. As promised, I got this post out within a week.
We left on December 15th, one day before what we were planning, in a desperate scramble to beat an incoming snow storm. Florida is a 32 hour drive. The temperatures in Winnipeg were extremely high at the time, the snow was melting, and it was becoming patchy. It often reached 0 C (32 F), and sometimes even higher in the day. And, the day we left the temperatures plummeted to the -20's C, and a few feet of snow blew in. We mostly missed the snowstorm, but had an 'interesting' drive in the evening. We were on the interstate when we hit black ice, almost slid off the road, plus huge semi trucks barreling past beside us, unaware of the ice. We inched along until we finally found a town. We were considering stopping the night because the roads were so bad, but after talking to some people at a Burger King, we devised a new route that lead us along side road. The driving was a lot better from then on, and we drove until 4:30 in the morning.
The next day we hit some hard snow for about half an hour, and a bit of rain. The weather began getting warmer as we pushed further and further south. We started seeing Black Vultures eventually. There were a lot of vultures! Turkey and Black. Lifers started being added to our list. I haven't yet made all the eBird checklists yet, but in one of the later posts I will have a full list of lifers we saw. We stopped the second night at our parents old friends house in South Carolina. In the morning we saw Tufted Titmouses (I don't know, plural "Titmice"?), Carolina Wrens, Black Vultures, Northern Mockingbirds, and others. Here are a few photos.
By this time, the weather was warm, probably around 15 C (60 F), so it was T-shirt weather, and we went for a short bike ride.
Here is a lizard. I have very little knowledge of lizards, but I very briefly looked it up and I believe this is a Brown Anole. If I am wrong please correct me.
|immature and adult White Ibis|
|White Ibis portrait shot|
|immature White Ibis|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University|
Atop the lighthouse was extremely windy, but the was a beautiful view.
|A view from the lighthouse|
Down the stairs...
After that we went to the beach, which is what the next post will be about. There we saw Sandwich Terns, Royal Terns, Laughing Gulls, Brown Pelicans, Black Skimmers and a handful of others. Stay tuned.