An Awesome Day On Big Pine Key: A Sunrise Walk , A Lot Of Birds, Key Deer And An Afternoon Storm.
I was only there for less than two days , but I had already fallen in love with Big Pine Key. I loved the seclusion, the desolate beaches, and the wildlife. I didn’t think it could get any better, but it did! I awoke early again on Friday morning. I returned to my now favorite hiking trail along the beach . There were some clouds on the horizon as I started out on the trail through the salt flats to the remote beach. It was a lot warmer too, with temperatures in the 70’s already.
Although I hadn’t seen a human on my hikes here, there sure was evidence I wasn’t the only living creature walking on the trail. Their were all kind of foot prints on the muddy trail. Most were birds, but some were deer and, I think some were racoons.
and palm warblers in the vegetation. It was already a great morning for bird watching and it would get better. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos of the birds I saw along the shore on my morning walk on the shore. Florida Day Four. Big Pine Key sunrise walk birds. January 13 2023
I left the shore and walked to the ponds in the salt flats above the beach. It was a warm morning and I thought the wadding birds would be here but I was surprised to find far more than I expected. It was amazing to see so many beautiful and exotic birds in one place.
It was near 8:30 a.m., that is when breakfast is served at the Barnacle Bed and Breakfast, and it is a good breakfast with nice company and conversation. So I had to leave the wadding birds. On my walk back to my vehicle I saw on more wadding birds. a green heron. I love seeing these birds in the wetlands neat my home.
yawning on a pond above the shore, exposing it’s large mouth used for catching fish. Here is a link to some more of the birds I saw on my morning walks on Big Pine Key. Florida Day Four Big Pine Key birds January 13 2023.
He and a few does were foraging along the beach. I watched this small white tail deer and I know I will be seeing them on my future visit to the Sunshine State. I love these tiny cousins of the whitetail deer that visit my yard in Pennsylvania. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my morning walks on Big Pine Key. Florida Day Four Big Pine Key morning hikes January 13 2023.
Well the Sunshine State didn’t remain sunny for long. After editing some photos I actually decided to catch some sun on the beach. Just as I sat in the sun, clouds started moving in. . So I walked over to the canal to look for the manatees. In a few minutes darker storm clouds approached
I watched the rain fall and learned there was a cold front passing through the keys. I wasn’t going to sit in my room all afternoon and watch the rain, so I took a drive and explored Big Pine Key I stopped at the National Key Deer Refuge Visitor Center and learned a lot more about the key deer and the habitat.
It was now late afternoon and I was hungry. I happened to pass the famous No Name Pub on my drive so I stopped in for a delicious bowl of conch chowder,
where I watched the sunset but didn’t stay outside. It was way to cold for the keys, temperatures were near 60 degrees with a very strong wind. It was my last night on Big Pine Key. I was sad thinking about leaving but I was already making plans to return. Here is a gallery from my afternoon hike on Big Pine Key. Florida Day Four. Big Pine Key afternoon January 13 2023.
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright