A Belted Kingfisher watches from a partially submerged post while an America Coot feeds nearby. This tranquil scene was captured at Florida’s Joe Overstreet along the shore of Lake Kissimmee during my December visit.
I noticed my first robins over the weekend. A few appeared on Saturday and by Sunday they had arrived in droves. Sunday also marked my first Grackle sighting and where as there were a only a few Red-winged Blackbirds on the previous weekend by this Saturday they were present in good numbers.
Even without the calendar to mark the days until spring, the masses of migrating birds tell the story of the rapidly approaching season of new life.