The greatly endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Only 1% of the original population of these birds remain, largely due to the 98% decimation of America's longleaf pine savannas. Big Branch Marsh NWR is the only site in the Florida Parishes where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works to restore their numbers.
One of many yellow-rumped warblers, here seen showing off his "butter butt." These Winter visitors to Louisiana sometimes make appearances in our yard.
Another Winter visitor to Louisiana, this was my first sighting of the appropriately named Winter wren.
Red-bellied woodpecker. A prolific bird in our area.
My first sighting of an orange-crowned warbler, another Winter visitor to Louisiana.
Way off in the distance, a Northern harrier.
Northern mockingbird, another common, local sight.
Great egret, symbol of the Nat'l Audubon Society and one of my favorite birds.
Another regular visitor to our own backyard, the diminutive and cheeky Carolina wren. There's never any mistaking the males' disproportionately loud singing.
One of a couple of flocks of American white ibises that flew nearby.
A handful of many wood ducks we were fortunate to see.
Other birds not pictured here include tufted titmice, American crows, belted kingfishers, brown-headed nuthatches, a great blue heron (North America's largest,) and hundreds upon hundreds of tree swallows.
Big Branch Wildlife Refuge: What Was Once Lost Can Be Found, by Rhonda Landry.
There's more to share, so I'll post more photos from our hike in the near future.