I did a bunch of running throughout the month to prepare for participating in all three races during the Dark Side Half Marathon Weekend at Disney World. Some birds were recorded on the run. And as the photos show, I came across more photogenic reptiles than birds, apparently.
Here are some photographic highlights from the month.
On April 4th I did a long 12 mile run along the East Regional Rail Trail in Enterprise and Deltona. I saw a Ringneck Snake in the middle of the trail. I gave it a poke to see if it was still alive and when it wiggled I picked it up and set it off the path.
Ringneck Snake on the East Regional Rail Trail in Deltona, 4 April 2017
Luna Moth caterpillar on the East Regional Rail Trail, 4 April 2017
Later on the same run, crossing Providence on the way back, I saw a roadkill squirrel in the middle of the road and some Black Vultures loitering around. I picked up the squirrel and tossed it off the road so they wouldn’t get hit by passing cars. Thornby Park was close by so I ran over to wash my hands before continuing the run.
Black Vultures with roadkill squirrel by the East Regional Rail Trail in Deltona, 4 April 2017
Prairie Warbler at Gemini Springs, 5 April 2017
The next day at Gemini Springs I had another close encounter with a snake. Again I wondered if the snake was still living before I picked it up and moved it off the path in the park.
Peninsula Ribbon Snake at Gemini Springs, 5 April 2017
Full moon at Gemini Springs, 10 April 2017
American Alligator at Gemini Springs, 12 April 2017
Cooper’s Hawk at DeBary Hall, 12 April 2017
American Alligator at Gemini Springs, 27 April 2017
Green Birding List for April 2017
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow