We decided to keep the name Ozzie although some wanted to change her name to Harriet. She is an avid fisherwoman, catching big fish in her razor sharp talons and consuming them before our eyes.
Hidden in the mangroves are other birds such as this Great Blue Heron and Anhinga.
We visited a small pond on the property. There was a large flock of Hooded Mergansers swimming on the pond. The males were spectacular with bright white crests that they expand to impress the females. The males looked quite formal in what resembled starched white shirts with black suspenders. The females were not as flamboyant yet were elegant with cinnamon crests.
Who's that in Ozzie's tree? A Red-shouldered Hawk landed on one of Ozzie's favorite perches. Luckily she wasn't around at the time to chase the Hawk out of her territory. Eventually he left on his own accord.
Whether in Florida or Vermont backyard birding is fun and educational. The birds that share our yards are a joy to watch and are a connection to the natural world. With just a little space to build nests and access to food and water, birds will feel safe and comfortable in your yard. Time to go home and fill our birdfeeder. I'm sure the Black-capped Chickadees, Nuthatches and Cardinals are hungry!