After the Storm -The St. Augustine Road Fish Management Area seemed to fare well in Hurricane Matthew. The road was flooded and a few trees down but the weather has been cooler so we’re seeing more birds.
There still only seems to be one big heron hanging around and although our daily walk around the lake seems to be quite irritating to the bird, it still hangs out in the same place – dining must be good. It flies up into a tree until we’re safely out of site, then squawks and flaps as we make our return pass back out.
The lake has plenty of non-native water plants that whatever service is in charge of the park seems to keep under control by spraying, but one stand of water hyacinths seems to have escaped and they’re going to start blooming soon:
This Long-Tailed Skipper looks a little beat up:
And the ladybugs are out! I think this is the Asian Lady Bug, a non-native species. This isn’t the same species as the ones that live in our bamboo. They’ve been on this plant for couple of days now, so let’s see if they lay eggs:
Cooler weather means more time to walk. Stay tuned for a lady bug report.