Steve’s Nature Journal

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Damsels on the Silvermine

An impressive range of damselflies on the Silvermine this afternoon, and I didn’t see a single dragonfly.  Damsels have eyes on the sides of their heads and are generally smaller than dragons.  I’ll have to go to the book to put names on these guys.

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Silvermine River

I’ve been expanding explorations on the Silvermine River, which runs through our backyard.  Some of the banks are exceptionally high, but as you can see, it’s a quiet river.

North of East White Rocks

High Tide, Grassy Island, Norwalk Islands

Another morning exploring the Norwalk Islands by kayak, this time at high tide.  Oystercatchers everywhere (and oystermen).  This was my first time on Grassy Island, which does not appear to have a lot of photogenic features.  My presence was very upsetting to a pair of willets.  I am very used to seeing them in Florida […]

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

  We’ve been hearing and seeing a lot of these song sparrows around.  Pretty unassuming appearance, but boy can they sing!

East White Rocks

More Norwalk Islands

The Norwalk Islands have become my summer project.  Sailing or paddling to them and taking photographs.  I’ve also set up a website: http://norwalkislands.com.

Goose Island with Cormorants

Goose Island, Long Island Sound

I went sailing with Jalna and Dave, and the wind brought us to Goose Island, then back to Cockenoe.  More oystercatchers, herring gulls and blacked gulls.

American Oystercatchers

Cockenoe Island, Long Island Sound

Cockenoe is one of the Norwalk Islands, the furthest north of all, and an easy paddle from Sprite Island, my home base.  Right from the start, there were a surprising number of oystercatchers to be seen, and I would guess that there are between 30 and 50 of them on Cockenoe.  This seems like a […]

Deer in the rain

Rainy Afternoon at Myakka

We headed out to Myakka’s Bee Island with thunder showers looming and were treated to some great cloud drama, in addition to wet clothes!  In the wildlife category, there were many frog calls including cricket frogs, and we had a couple of night hawks hunting overhead.  I was also surprised by the number of bobwhites […]

Tied up in Oscar Scherer

South Creek Paddle, Sarasota

I went on a paddle on South Creek with John Sarkozy of the American Littoral Society.  We started at Blackburn Point across from the Casey Key Fish House and went up into Oscar Scherer Park.  The creek is lined with oaks (live, laurel, sand live) and slash pines.  The highlight of the trip was John, […]

Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

Myakka Plants & Wildflowers

Another venture into the Myakka outback with Paula Benshoff.  This was to an isolated part of the park south of SR72.  Along with see a variety of new plants and flowers, I was happy to get some shots of an annoyed Swallow-tailed Kite, and we saw a Pygmy Rattler under foot.

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