Our (board)walk of the week was at Four-Mile Cove Eco Preserve in Cape Coral. Here are some moods of the evening sky on that day.
We saw the usual birds at the preserve -- Great Blue Herons, Ibis, Egrets, all those crows enjoying the air currents, but nothing super exciting. (All birds are fun to watch, but we saw nothing that I haven't already posted several times.)
Instead, the best birds we saw were along a city street on our way there. I've probably already shown a million pictures of burrowing owls too, but the cuteness factor is so darn high, I never tire of looking at ... and showing off ... these babies.
An adult burrowing owl kept watch from a stake put up for her convenience. It's pretty easy to spot owl burrows -- these stakes and the white pipe mark the safety zones for these honored residents of the Cape.
Above is a closer look at the owlets (zoomed in -- I didn't get any closer to the burrow). Last year, I had a comment from a woman known as Cape Coral's Owl Lady, explaining that the dark-eyed ones are a mutation due to inbreeding. (These owls don't migrate. As the Owl Lady said, the Cape Coral owls like it here in Florida and don't want to go anywhere else.) Three of this group of siblings had the more typical yellow eyes.
While I was watching, all of a sudden the one on the left slipped into the burrow -- it looked like it just kind of disappeared into the ground.
And then there were three.
The rest were soon to follow one-by-one. It must have been their bedtime.
Following is a bonus left over from one of our excursions last month. Too bad there's no way to enjoy the delicious aroma of orange blossoms as we look at the pictures.
Nearly all oranges grown in Florida are Valencias -- mostly used for juice. They taste fine, but they're harder to peel than navels and other eating varieties. Different from other varieties of oranges (and, I think, most fruit trees) blossoms and fruit grow on Valencia trees at the same time. A real win-win.... tasty fruit and wonderfully scented flowers all at the same time.
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