The day started out with sunny skies, but heavy cloud cover moved in quickly as colld front pushed down from the north. We stayed on Buffer Preserve Drive while looking for birds, but there are miles of trails that can be explored on foot, or even by horse, but we don't have a horse. There is a manatee overlook at the end of the drive, but we didn't make it quite that far today. At this time of the year, it's a great place to observe lots of the "sea cows" as the canal offers warm water and a lack of boat traffic in that area.
St. Sebastian Preserve State Park
This Mockingbird is perched on a tree that is burned out. At the park, there is notable evidence of fires in many areas. The majority of these are from "prescribed burns", fires set intentionally to restore and maintain the communities. Without these fires, the pine flatwoods, as well as other plants and some animals that depend on these types of communities would be destroyed.
St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park
The Kestrel was definitely the most popular bird of the day. I saw at least seven of them! Such a beautiful bird.