We stopped to pish in the woods, and some other birders in a Jaguar (really? birding in a Jaguar?) stopped by to chat. They were from England and come here to bird with their kids. How funny is that?! But, no Scrub Jays.
We got back in the car and parked in a little parking lot near some pines and started walking down a trail. Umm, I don't think we should go down this trail, Dave. I don't care that you think you heard a Scrub Jay down there, either!
We took a different trail, and then, Dave heard the Jays! I had to run to keep up with him as he followed the sound. Then, I heard it too! A Jay!
Dave got this great photo of a Pine Warbler in a Pine Tree. Pretty cool!
Then got back in the car and started looking for the nest trees. We came upon this beautiful grove or meadow that was so lush and green it was like an oasis! But, no woodpeckers here.
It was pretty chilly at the Management Area - low 50's with strong wind gusts. I thought we'd left the cold weather back in Indiana! We bundled up in our hoodies and windbreakers, but still, I was freezing! We did see a Common Ground Dove, which was way cool!
After several hours of hardcore birding, we came up with no Red-cockadeds. We did see several Red-shouldered Hawks, Butter-butts, Pine and Palm Warblers, and a smattering of ducks. Dave has the comprehensive list, and I think we saw over 40 species today.
By the time we finished looking for the woodpeckers we were all starving. We looked up a place on Trip Advisor, called Harry and the Natives restaurant, which sounded pretty interesting. So, we dropped in and had a great time reading all of the silly signs hanging on the walls!
We walked up the boardwalk and down to the beach. That's Dave scanning for birds. Not much moving now.