We stopped for two nights at Clarko State Park in Quitman, MS and ran into some nice birds. The park was nearly vacant and birds were all over it — this is a Tufted Titmouse that was around our site.
There were tons of Northern Cardinals and high in the trees, warblers. Of course, I didn’t have any better luck down south than I do in Vermont identifying them.
The first walk with Penny just before dark revealed this Great Blue Heron all hunched down, waiting. The plumage was such that I was not sure what it was — but saw it again the next day all stretched out, looking normal.
Mary and I went out together so that she could try out her new binoculars — a Christmas gift — and we practiced on Cardinals and a bouncy warbler. The highlight was this cooperative Golden-crowned Kinglet which we watched from a viewing platform for some time. He hopped around but much less frenetic than a warbler, and a great look for new birder Mary.
I saw several Grey Catbirds, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, Carolina Chickadees left and right, as well as others that I see regularly in Vermont. The new camera is working well with the tele lens.
This morning I was treated to good looks at a Great Egret. I got a bunch of shots — this is one I particularly like.
This afternoon, arriving at Fontainebleau State Park in Louisiana, we were met by two red-headed woodpeckers. I hear there is a Great Horned Owl in the park with a nest and babies due any day. Bodes well for good birding up ahead.