Mississippi Day Four: A Morning At Lake Mars Pier And The Fontainbleau Nature Trail In Ocean Springs
My plan for Saturday were to drive my new KIA rental car to the Fontainbleau Trail near Ocean Springs Mississippi. The trail is a part of the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refugee. If you have been following my blog, you would know my plans weren’t working out to well on this adventure. So I was up early, had my coffee, and was very thankful when the KIA started. I was getting used to the smaller KIA and liked the 20 minute drive to the Fontainbleau Nature Trail. I arrived before sunrise. It was partly cloudy and a cool 52 degrees. As I was pulling into the parking area I realized I wouldn’t see the sunrise on this trail.
It was surrounded by a forest of tall pine trees. Quickly searching Google maps I saw there was a pier located a few miles away. I proceeded, with haste, to the Lake Mars Pier located on the Gulf of Mexico. I arrived just as the sun was rising over a grassy marsh along the gulf.
Wading in the shallow waters along the shore were large numbers of water fowl, including this great blue heron,
and great egret.
There were also a lot of fishermen and fisherwomen on the pier. I chatted with many including a nice couple catching shrimp. I walked the pier observing and photographing the many different shore birds that were feeding along the oceans edge and in the rocks along the water breaks next to the pier.
The first I noticed were these American oystercatchers. I always love watching these birds and listening to their loud shrill cries.
This royal tern was one of many birds perched on the posts in the ocean near the pier.
There were also seagulls, great blue herons, brown pelicans and this double-crested cormorant perched on the posts.
I could spend all day watching them land and take off from these post, like this beautiful brown pelican.
There were many birds scampering in the rocks looking for mollusks or crabs including what I believe was a dunlin.,
a non breeding adult sanderling,
They overcast skies weren’t the best conditions to photograph the beautiful and exotic shore birds near the pier so I decided to return later and drove back to the Fontainbleau Trail. I was the only one at the trail that meandered through a pine savannah forest,
It was quiet, not many birds were active until I heard the song of this beautiful Carolina wren. As usual, with some patience, I can capture these birds singing by slowing approaching them on the branch they are perched to belt out their loud song. They are such wonderful little birds and I love having them in my yard back home.
It was a pleasant four mile hike on the Fontainbleau Trail . I wish I would have seen more wildlife but the few birds, many plants, flowers, berries and mushrooms many it an interesting hike and one I will remember. I was beginning to love Mississippi
It was now almost 10 am. Breakfast at my hotel ends at 10 am. I am now happy I missed the hotel breakfast. I now had to look for another place to eat and there were not many breakfast restaurants in the area. There were dozens of fast foods restaurants but I don’t eat fast food. The only one appearing on the Google map was Bele’s on the Bayou. It was on my way back to the hotel and a short distance off of Highway 90 near the small town of Gautier.
It was located in the Indian Point RV resort. Here I had a delicious home style breakfast in a small home dining room. I loved the place, Afterword I enjoyed the views of the lake and bayou in the resort. ,
I loved the large e old live oak trees and even saw some birds, pine warblers and,
chipping sparrows feeding under their expansive branches. Here is a link to more photographs of these birds and the other birds I saw that morning. Mississippi Day Four morning hikes birds, December 4 2021.
I walked out on the pier, and took a short stroll through the park. Someday I hope to own an RV and explore more of our beautiful Nation. I would love to spend a few day in a resort like this. It was a good morning, things finally went as planned. I was thankful for that. Here is a link to a gallery with more photos from my visit to Lake Mars pier and my hike on the Fontainbleau Trail . You really should check them out because they are so much better at explaining and showing the beauty of the places I visit then I am. Mississippi Day Four morning hikes. December 4 2021.