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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Harns Marsh

 This week I thought I would show you another place we enjoy visiting, Harns Marsh.
It is a quiet place not many visitors other then a few birders and an occasional fisherman.
We have never seen an alligator here but then we don't do the whole 2 mile walk.

 Cattle Egrets.
 I said it was quiet but for the squawks of Sandhill Cranes
 cries of the Red Shouldered Hawk and occasional Bald Eagle.

There's the usual coots, blue wing teal and mottled ducks.

 The specialty of the marsh is the Snail Kite, they nest here.
 These are the apple snails shells the favorite food of the kites and limpkins they are about 2 to 4 inches big..
 Glossy Ibis and White Ibis are abundant here.

 as well as Pied billed Grebes and Moorhens.
 This is a Florida specialty the Limpkin, it has a cry that sounds a little like laughter they also nest here.
 There are  Little Blue Herons, Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons always present.
Early in the morning the trees are filled with Turkey and Black Vultures it's fun to watch them take off for their days search for food and soaring.
We usually meet some nice birders here who tell us about their favorite birding spots that is how we learned about the Venice Rookery.
We hope to find the King Rail here someday, others have seen it as well as the Least Bittern hard to spot birds as they hide in the reeds.

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