Day 8 – a travelling day

Grey-headed or Asian Swamphen – a recent coloniser and addition to my US list

Today we’ve driven 350 miles north, from Fort Myers Beach to Kingsland in Georgia, via a couple of birding spots to break up the journey. Our first stop was Harn’s Marsh – a site given to us by a guy (actually the nature journalist son of a well known American ornithologist / author – George C West) who we met yesterday at Six Mile Cypress Slough. It was a four mile circular walk around a mixed wetland, with some excellent birding. First up was Snail Kite which landed on a telegraph pole just as we approached the site. We saw several more during our walk round. This was closely followed by Sandhill Crane – there were several breeding pairs dotted around the reserve. The third new bird (and another addition to my US list) was Grey-headed or Asian Swamphen, which has established a self-sustaining population in this part of Florida. A late afternoon stop in the Ocala National Forest produced the hoped for Florida Scrub-Jay with Carolina Chickadee as a bonus. Just before we crossed the State line we saw two Canada Geese – bringing our overall Florida bird list to 145 – including a number of recent colonisers. The best non-birding highlight of the day were three Otter, playing in the channel at the end of our walk round Harn’s Marsh.

There were several breeding pairs of Sandhill Crane at Harn’s Marsh
Florida Scrub-Jay – seen in the Ocala National Forest
Best of the rest – three Otter playing in the channel at Harn’s Marsh
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