Saturday, April 28, 2012

This tricolored heron was hunting along the edge of a canal in the Emeralda Marsh.  The driving trail is opened on Fri - Sun but only for a little while longer.  The mild winter has left much of the vegetation intact and there are large stretches of the 4 mile drive where you can't see very much.  The water level appears to be up since the last time we visited a few weeks ago and there were numerous gators and wading birds visible in the open areas.  The pickerel weed is in full bloom and there are large expanses of them along the drive.  I'd recommend you take this drive before they close.  Information on Emeralda Marsh and other Lake County birding spots is available at http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/bird_watching/birding_spots.aspx

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