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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:13AM

Wonders of Wildflower

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Often times, we make plans in Southwest Florida, only to be thwarted by the daily torrential downpours of summer. The original day for a birding field trip to Wildflower Preserve and Lemon Lake at Amberjack got rained out. But, not a problem, the following Thursday, Halloween day was the day of our rescheduled trip. Some Venice Area Birding Association members could not make it because of other commitments. Seven VABA members met at 8 a.m. to begin our two-hour hike through the Wildflower Preserve.

We certainly lucked out on the weather on this particular day. It was a beautiful cool, sunny day. I still sprayed myself for mosquitoes before we hit the trail. Tom Duch always says he does not need spray, he just stands next to me as I am the insect attractant. Even before we started hiking, we heard all kinds of birdsong. Blue jays were being noisy, and cardinals were singing and mocking birds were copying everyone else’s birdsong. Red-bellied woodpeckers were hammering in the far distance.

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