A Florida Scrub Jay
Sunday, after church, we drove out to Deltona to go hiking in Lyonia Preserve. We were hoping to see some Florida Scrub Jays since it is their nesting season. We were in luck! We had about 6-8 sightings while we were there. In fact, our first sighting was before we even hit the trail.
When we made it to the trailhead we noticed that the trail was loose, white sand. There was no way we were going to be able to bring Cakey’s stroller down these trails. While James took the stroller back to the car, Cakey snacked on her granola and caught the attention of a Scrub Jay. I’m pretty sure he was after her granola.
Cakey chatting with the Scrub Jay
I was right! He was after her granola!
We saw most of the Scrub Jays on the first and second trails. Other than Scrub Jays, we saw a plethora of skinks, especially Blue-tail Skinks, other lizards, a few Mockingbirds, a hawk, and various insects like butterflies and bumblebees. The lizards and skinks moved way too fast for me to try and take their picture. The other birds stayed out of camera range. At least the Scrub Jays were not camera shy!
Yes, I know Cakey is not paying attention, I really wanted to show you how close you can get to these birds.
If you decide to head out for a hike at Lyonia Preserve make sure you read the trail signs carefully before starting. We did not. While the weather was perfect for a hike in Florida my current condition was not. Being 9 months pregnant and hiking in loose sand was not as much fun as I was hoping. I was fine on the first trail and okay on the second trail but I was dieing on the third trail. I started getting contractions and was very dehydrated by the time we made it back. We didn’t bring back packs to put our water in because we thought we could take the stroller with us on the trails. All we had available to carry water in was my purse and it only held Cakey’s cup and one 32 oz bottle of water. After the little over 3 mile hike I was very glad to sit down in the air conditioning and drink a couple liters of water!
Do you enjoy hiking or nature walks? Where do you like to go?
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