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  Tift Nature Preserve

Published: October 08, 2010
Tags: Parks and Preserves,

I ventured off to Tift Nature Preserve today. It's been about 15 years since I've been there. It's still a terrific place to view nature in its untouched form, although there are a few indications of man's intervention - all for the good of the nature preserve.

I hadn't even gotten into the park when I spied my first warbler, and I mean my very first, life list kind of warbler. As an examination of my photos later showed, this guy was a Yellow Rumped Warbler. He was perched up in a pine tree near the entrance of the park, flitting from branch to branch. I'm thrilled I got at least one identifiable photo!

The pathways through the thick cattails surrounding the pond were a bit intimidating. I couldn't help but be a tad afraid, given I was female and alone. At one time, during a stealthy stalking of a Ruby Crowned Kinglet, I was startled by the quiet approach of a middle-aged Amish couple. However, I was quickly put at ease once we chatted for a few minutes.

All in all, it was a very satisfying day, even though the winds were high and the birds kept to the low areas.

  • Yellow Rumped Warbler - 1
  • Ruby Crowned Kinglet - 3
  • Blue Jay - 2
  • American Robin - 3
  • Downy Woodpecker - 1
  • Red-Bellied Woodpecker - 1
  • Northern Cardinal - 1
  • Water fowl that I was not able to identify

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The first bird I found, a Yellow Rumped Warbler, was sitting outside the main park area. This was a life list bird for me!

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Another life list bird, this Ruby-Crowned Kinglet was flitting in and out amongst the brush along the main path.

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Another mediocre picture of the Ruby-Crowned Kinglet.

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Running out of things to take pictures of, I grabbed a shot of this Monarch.

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I was very surprised to see this beautiful doe staring at me as I turned around to head back out of the preserve.

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