It was a beautiful morning to get out birding: cool, crisp, and sunny. I had an enjoyable and productive morning. I started out at Wickham Lake, where the light was nice and I enjoyed photographing the many Tree Swallows present, as well as a pair of Downy Woodpeckers. The lake was quiet with hardly any waterfowl present; my best bird was a single Ruddy Duck.
I also took a 4 mile hike, doing the entire loop at Doris Duke Trail. It was my first time there, it was a nice hike and pretty darn birdy. I added 4 year birds: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Palm Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Hermit Thrush. I made some stops at some of the southern Orange County lakes on my way home, but I guess it just wasn’t a good day for waterfowl, as I had nothing noteworthy. I have to say, this morning was some enjoyable birding, the best outing I’ve had in some time.