Florida Day Seven: Birds, Lizards And Insects In Dagny Johnson Park in Key Largo
Early Tuesday morning I returned to the Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park. After a couple of hikes in the same park you start to know where to find the wildlife that lives there. And I enjoy trying to get better photographs of the birds, insects and other animals I had encountered on my previous hikes the last three years. .
Shortly after I began my hike I encountered a scurry of squirrels in some trees along the trail. I have never seen this many squirrels in a group in all of my years of hiking. About twenty squirrels were scurrying in the tops of a few trees. I wasn’t able to see any fruits or flowers that may have attracted them but it was fun watching, and trying to photograph them, as they climbed in the branches on the tops of the trees.
After watching the squirrels I hiked to the branch of the trail that leads to the small inlet and Atlantic ocean. On my way, perched high in a tree top were two birds. The first was a red-bellied woodpecker. I am very familiar with this species of bird and, in fact have one visiting my feeder in Pennsylvania, as I type.
The second I had only seen once before, briefly flying above me on one of my previous Key Largo hikes, a white crowned pigeon.
As I stated in my previous blog the Dagny Johnson Park was once the location of a planned real estate development that failed. It has been almost 40 years and same of the developed areas are still just gradually being taken over by vegetation. In addition to the mangroves the beach morning glory and
And once again I was fortunate not to find the swarms of mosquitos that were here on my visit last year. I did see some insects on my walk through on the trail including this mangrove skipper butterfly,
One must be careful hiking in the woodlands of South Florida they are are number of poisonous plants and trees including the poisonwood tree, which is very common in the hardwood forest of Dagny Johnson Park.
It warms up quick in South Florida even under the shade of the hardwood forest. I like to hike early to avoid the heat and humidity and because the birds and wildlife are more active in the cooler temperatures of the early morning. As I was finishing my walk I saw a few more birds including a noisy catbird,
It had captured an insect when I saw it perched on a tree. I have to thank my nature loving and birding friends for help in identifying the birds in this post. I often make mistakes on my identifications but I am sure these are correct. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with some more photographs of the birds I saw on my hike in Dagny Johnson Park. Florida Day Seven Key Largo morning hike birds. February 23 2021.
I enjoy my morning walks and trying to find and photograph familiar and new birds, insects, flowers, plants or whatever I can find in the Florida wilderness. Here is a link to a gallery with more photographs from my hike in Dagny Johnson park. Florida Day Seven Key Largo morning hike February 23 2021l
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. —Laura Ingalls Wilder