Saturday, June 3, 2017

Let's make a list! Critters List!

Are you a 'list maker'? I am! And after a hike we enjoy hooking the camera up to the TV to look at our photos and talking about what we've seen. We don't get photos of everything, so I like to make a list in my journal.


 Green Heron


 Limpkin


 Egret in Flight

Sometimes I know it must sound like I exaggerate when I talk about what we see here in Florida! I can see quite a bit just on a walk around my neighborhood (and to the pond nearby).

So I wanted to share the list I made for Hike # 21. It took place at Blue Run in Dunnellon, FL. We were on the trail for 1 hr 45 min, it was in the 70s and according to my journal, Beautiful! 

This trail runs through woods, along a river with some swamps in the low lying areas. We also view a pond along the way.


Can't read my 'hen scratching? Here's the list:

River Otter
Northern Parula
Green Heron
2 Limpkins
Mississippi Kite
Swallowtailed Kite
Pileated Woodpecker
Red bellied Woodpecker

Ibis in Flight
Cattle Egrets
Great White Egret
Blue Heron
Comorrant
Hawk
Songbirds

One Alligator BIG!
Turtles
Big Fat Fish jumped out of the water at the bridge

And that's all we could remember! lol

And now what did we NOT SEE:
A mosquito, fly or any kind of gnat
A spider, snake or anything scary

And we don't always see an alligator and when we do, it's off the bridge and a long way away.


 Pileated Woodpecker

So that's our list for this hike! WHEW!

 Let's go AGAIN!! 

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE


and I’d Rather B Birdin’.



37 comments:

Jeanne said...

Florida must be an amazing place for birding, and love that you keep a journal list. Beautiful shots!

Lowcarb team member said...

Lists can be good, I do make them from time to time.
Lovely to see your sightings list here.

Great photo's too.

Happy Saturday

All the best Jan

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, I usually keep a list during my travels but not my daily walks. I would love to see the Mississippi Kite, I think one was seen in Maryland this week. I miss it. Love your bird photos, especially the Green Heron and the Pileated woodie. I love the Limpkins too. Great post. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Karen Ann said...


I don't keep a list but I do photograph a lot! I need a zoom lens, that's my next big purchase. Have not seen a green heron around here, now I will be on the lookout, as we do have blue and white herons.

Arlene Grimm said...

I just picked up a notebook to keep track of all the critters we see at Grimmwood...along with when certain plants blossom etc. I am in search of a good field guide to keep there. Any recommendations Diane?

Gordon said...

I envy you, been to Florida a few time, and it never ceases to amaze me how aproachable the wildlife is over there, try to get near anything in the UK and its gone, its so frustrating. Love the Heron and Limpkin photos by thye way.
Have a good weekend , Gordon.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

When I lived in Florida I loved seeing all of the different birds.

Boopnut said...

One night we were driving in the country and we saw a sand hill crane crossing the road and another on the other side. My husband stopped for it to cross, but I was too amazed to take a picture! Then a bit later, we saw a little doe.

Lea said...

Love the Green Heron!
In years past I have seen Pileated Woodpeckers here, but not for a few years now. You got a good photo!
Have a wonderful week-end!

Linda said...

That's a pretty impressive list! Wish I could go on a hike with you!

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

How wonderful xo Laura

Kathy said...

You always see the most interesting critters! I love these posts. It's a good thing you keep a list to remember what you see.

Susie said...

Diane, I knew you had seen many water birds there. I love seeing the photos you post. I have seen many woodpeckers around here...but never the pileated woodpecker. I am wanting to see an eagle around these parts , myself. They are making come backs , but I have yet to see one. Blessings,xoxo, Susie

Jeanie said...

Oh Diane, you are in an amazing area for nature and wildlife. No wonder you get such fabulous photos -- you have a bounty of subjects from which to choose! We tend to see lots of the same ones -- deep but not wide!

Stacey said...

I would never want to come inside if all of those critters were around us. We are so happy because we've spotted a pair of Mexican Eagles or Carracarra right near our new house. :)

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

I'm a list maker too. You had some great sightings.

Jacqueline said...


Beautiful photos and you are very lucky to live there. I am a list maker at home but forget that when I am out. I really should work on that!

happyone said...

Wonderful pictures and yes I am a list maker. I love crossing things off my list.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Wow, Diane, you live in a creature paradise. Making a list of what you have seen is a wonderful way to recall your great sightings. I love to make lists of all kinds. Have a great evening. ♥

Vee said...

I saw only one thing—alligator! A BIG alligator. ­čś│ I find it fascinating that you are keeping a critter journal.

Terri D said...

I'm so impressed that you know the names of all the birds and critters! I love Florida and the beauty around us every day. Thanks for sharing your journal and photos!

Rose said...

I would enjoy your neighborhood! Used to when we went to the strip pits, we seen a lot of critters, but now hardly see anything.

Giancarlo said...

Stupende fotografie.
Buona domenica

Mildred said...

Magnificent photos! You are smart to keep a list. I hope you both have a nice Sunday.

♥ Anni ♥ said...

Two....count 'em TWO birds I've yet to see, and wanna see. Your photos are added to MY list of jealousies of other birders. The Limpkin and the Pileated Woodpecker.

Thanks for sharing this weekend, at I'd Rather B Birdin'. Your participation is always so much appreciated!! Superior images Diane.

cucki said...

I love these birds they so cute
Big hugs x

Breathtaking said...

Hello Diane!:) Wow, What impressive sightings! Amazing nature in your area. I only keep "to do" lists indoors, mores the pity!! Love your bird images, I would love to see a Pileated Woodpecker in real time.

Inger said...

Your pictures are just gorgeous! And you don't think seeing an alligator is scary? I guess you are used to Florida life by now.

Carla from The River said...

A great idea. I think I shared with you before, I love alligators. ;-) I love it when you share photos of them too.

Gina said...

Diane, love your critter list except the alligator! The one time I went to Florida (Disney world with my daughter), as we rode on the Disney bus from the airport to the park, we saw a HUGE alligator near people's homes. YIKES!

Lorrie said...

What a great idea to keep a list of what you see. Sometimes I take photos that are terrible, but I know that I can blow them up on my computer to help me identify what bird I'm looking at. I'm trying to learn the names of birds more specifically. It's a lot of work!
Love that green heron.

Red Rose Alley said...

One of my blog friends just saw a blue heron while driving down a road, so this heron reminded me of that. It's nice that you write in a journal sometimes, Diane. That is a lot of critters to see on one hike. The woodpecker is stunning. They always fascinate me. Yours have a pointy head, and ours are rounded. So interesting to see the differences. It's wonderful that you enjoy nature as much as you do. : )

~Sheri

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Keep good care of that wildlife while we're gone! Love it all. As you already know.

Sam I Am...... said...

That is amazing at the wildlife you have there! Did you purposely retire to that area for that? Did you research it before you moved there? Just curious as it sounds custom made for all your interests!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful nature shots ~ love the scenes and the varied birds ~ ^_^

Thanks for coming by my blog ~ ^_^

A Colorful World said...

An awesome list! Beautiful to see so many different birds (and critters!)

jeannettestgermain said...

You really get to know the Southern culture (I'm Dutch) if you know what Okra is- learned to eat it when studying in TX:):)
I've been told by a blogger from S Africa, that the lipstick plant grows there in the wild, on the side of the road. Thanks for your visit!