We took a walk through Bayou Segnette Park just southwest of downtown New Orleans today. The park is still recovering from hurricane Katrina, with many downed trees and flood refuse cluttering the landscape. The stately bald cypress are sparser than they once were, and there is a dense understory of 5-6 foot leafy vegetation growing up in the light gaps.
It was a treat to see the local chickadees (probably Carolina Chickadees in this part of the world). They are slightly smaller, have higher pitched calls, and slightly different black patterning on the head.
And Red-breasted Nuthatch, which actually are pretty rare this far south in the winter.
But the real treat was seeing all the true swamp birds hanging out in the bayou.
But the best sighting of the day was the alligator youngster that slipped into the water, just seconds after I spotted him basking on the shore.
A nice morning’s work.