Kissimmee River State Park, Okeechobee, Florida
Sunday started out with sunshine and blue skies, and it stayed that way all day long but the evening was another story. It appears the front has finally moved away from Florida, and we’re getting back to our normal summer rain pattern, which usually means afternoon showers most every day.
It was 94 degrees yesterday, the humidity was high, and the prairie breezes were gone.
So….we took a few drives around the preserve, but mostly stayed inside where it was cool. We finished season 2 of “24.” Wow….what a season it was!
On one of our wildlife drives, we saw this Crested Caracara and what I believe to be it’s baby.
They had found something in the road they were feasting on.
Driving around the main campground roads always brings lots of wildlife photo ops.
During the day, Al noticed a pair of Carolina Wrens hanging around the motor home. That can only mean one thing!
They are making a nest (usually 3-4) and it will be in some crazy place. The male makes 3 or 4 nests and the female gets to choose the one she likes best. We found one nest in a soft side cooler that had a small opening.
We found the second nest here.
Underneath the bicycle cover….here
It’s amazing how quickly they can get a nest built.
We saw them scurrying around underneath the motor home, so we feel sure there is one there too, but we haven’t been able to find it yet. We don’t want them causing a fire hazard, and we certainly don’t want to kill any baby birds when we move. I don’t think we’re going to be here long enough for any eggs to hatch, so that’s not a worry. We’ll keep looking.
Carolina Wrens are such amazing little birds and are one of our favorites, but you really have to watch them. If you see a Carolina Wren around, you can usually assume they are building a nest. They have several batches each summer. They are amazingly good parents.
I got a comment on my blog post yesterday from a couple who is staying here at the campground. She belongs to the “Friends of Kissimmee Preserve State Park.” We hope to get together with them. I’m sure she will be a wealth of information on this amazing preserve. I’m trying to determine if she has a blog. I’ll link it when I find out for sure.
We met them briefly last night when we were taking our “before sunset” drive around the park.
They had stopped to take some photographs of the lightning. They probably got some amazing shots because there was a lot of lightning.
We also got a few interesting photos on the way home.
In the picture below, if you look close you can see several blurry objects. They are Common Nighthawks. We must have seen hundreds of them on the drive home last night. They were feeding on flying insects. It was amazing. There was so many of them, and they were blasting around all along the road. We were driving about 5 mph and if we had gone any faster one of them would surely have hit the car. We decided to close the windows in case one flew into the car! They were zooming everywhere!
The picture below is what they look like.
It’s amazing how many deer are in the preserve. You do not get far before you see deer and turkey…and rabbits.
As it got dark, we started seeing lots of lightning all around us. Then came the thunder and rain. It really wasn’t that bad, but I’m such a coward when there is a storm. I do not like storms and I especially do not like lightning, so I was getting pretty nervous. I kept checking the radar on my phone, and it looked ugly. I use the Weatherbug app for my phone and I kept getting alerts of dangerous lightning, and possible heavy winds and rain.
We watched Tv and I tried not to worry. The weather got a little better, so Al went to bed. Of course there is no sleep for me during a bad storm, so stayed awake until it all passed. Al wouldn’t have been sleeping if it had been any worse. Misery likes company, you know.
I don’t know when I got to be such a coward during storms. When I was young, I never thought any thing about them. Of course when I was young I lived in a concrete block house instead of a motor home, and we didn’t know we were getting a storm until it was on top of us. I probably slept through most of them.
I think I either need to quit watching the weather, or start drinking more alcohol. Technology is a wonderful thing, but every time I pull up the radar and see all that ugly red stuff coming my way, I just get more nervous.
It was after 1 am when the storms finally quit and I got to sleep.
This morning, the sun was out and it was fairly cool. We survived another storm.