Tuesday, June 05, 2012

How Dare They?

Kissimmee Prairie State Park, Okeechobee, Florida

Rain is predicted the next few days, as yet another front moves into Florida.  Okay…I know we’re having a drought, but come on….

On one of our walks yesterday we noticed a terrible thing!   Yes, there are other campers in “our” park.  How dare they?   Fortunately, they are in the other campground, which is about a mile from us.  So far, there are not others in our loop.

We spent a few hours reading yesterday afternoon.  Our “back yard”  gave us a beautiful view, plenty of shade and a very nice breeze.

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I started reading  The Art of Racing in the Rain.”   Judy sent it to me after she read it.  I will pass it along to someone else when I’m finished.  It’s a book written through the eyes of a Golden Retriever.  I’m enjoying it. 

We decided to take a drive along the park roads.  The park roads run forever, so we decided to take the easy way and use the truck.

We came across a few interesting birds along the road.

This little guy kept laying right in the middle of the road.  We got out and chased him off the road several times.  We didn’t want him to get hit.  We had no idea what it was but after checking our bird books, we think it is a Nighthawk.  He looks very similar to a Whip-poor-will though.

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He looked pretty small in the road, but when he flew off he had a pretty wide wingspan with white bars on the underside of the wings.  I don’t think we’ve ever seen this type of bird before.

 

Further up along the road,  on a small fence post we came across this tiny owl.  It appeared to be smaller than a Burrowing Owl.

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I know there are Burrowing Owls in the park, but this one didn’t look quite like one.

The next picture is a Burrowing Owl we saw a few months ago.  You can see how different it looks.

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We can’t find the owl in our bird book.  The Ranger mentioned a few species of owls.  We’re going to ask her today.

Another interesting bird we saw along the trail was a Loggerhead Shrike.  I didn’t get the best picture of him, because by this time it was starting to get dark.

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I read an interesting story about this prairie.

here is the link to a short post about this park.

The author, John Davis, said this about the prairie.

“ In a phrase, Kissimmee Prairie is the Southeast’s greatest grassland, and Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is Florida’s flagship grassland state park. Imagine western Nebraska with small palms rather than large cows, and you might get a good image of Kissimmee.”

Yes,  Florida does have prairies, and that is a great description.

It’s hard to get pictures of the prairie that capture the beauty of it, but here are a few.  Notice the palm trees.

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Sunsets are very nice here.

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Baxter got to go for a ride in his stroller.  Boy was he excited about all the smells of the prairie.

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We saw quite a few more deer and turkeys and saw a small critter that we at first thought was a raccoon.  A few minutes later, we realized it was a skunk….after we got a whiff!

16 comments:

  1. enjoy!..even if you have 'neighbors'! :)

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  2. It is so nice to not have neighbors, for us its a real treat.

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  3. Not bad when your nearest neighbor is a mile away:)

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  4. Now that's what I call a backyard! Nice.

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  5. First time I've ever seen a prairie scene with Palm trees - awesome!

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    1. you know Florida....always Palm trees and gators!

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  6. Really great post, makes Florida look differ than we usually see. Thanks

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  7. I agree with Rick - most prairie pictures definitely don't show palm trees anywhere. Love the bird pics. Don't have a clue what they are but I love seeing them.

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  8. Gorgeous Gorgeous sunset picture!

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  9. Great pics! Don't scare the coon**it could get smelly! ! (THE Berry's RV TRAVELS )Darren.

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  10. the owl looks to be an eastern screech owl but I can't see any ear tufts...

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  11. Great bird photos. I can't help you out on any of them. I have a bird brain when it comes to names.

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  12. excellent shots...love the owl...enjoy your time with 'no' neighbours :)

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  13. You guys have such a great spot there!

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  14. Looks like a great park to " Get Away" from the "Maddening Crowd". Enjoying the pics.

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  15. This is beautiful Karen. Looks like a really lovely place to be and having it all to yourself is amazing. I'm surprised to hear that it isn't too hot. I've avoided places inland for "vacation" since I assumed it would be worse there than near Tampa.

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