Savannas slow-down Leave a reply The way in. I took a walk at the Hawk’s Bluff section of Savannas Preserve the other morning. It was quiet and warm and felt like a secret place to explore. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, even birds. I was just looking. People had recently been there before me, but I met no one on my slow walk. Grasses looking autumnal were here and there along the sandy path. I think this is called Golden-aster. Cool part of the trail, where the Spanish moss is dramatic on the live oaks. Sunlight shining through the epiphytic Spanish moss. It’s not really a moss but a member of the bromeliad family. Cypress at the edge of a clearing. Carolina wren pops by to check me out. Red-bellied Woodpecker. See his long tongue? Good for snagging insects in crevasses. There are lots of these woodpeckers around here. View from a little footbridge out over the freshwater pond and wetlands. A greenish bird with a finch-like beak… a female or immature Painted Bunting! Winter visitor from somewhere up north. A lovely day, but still feeling pretty summery. Fall has taken its time to arrive this year. These wetlands are here because the coastal ridge keeps them from flowing east into the Indian River Lagoon. A great and unique habitat for many animals. Sky driftwood. Wildflowers. Up on the sandy ridge of ancient dunes, views to the west. Bee mine. Wonder what these flowers of palest pink are. A hawk, above Hawk’s Bluff. Too far to ID. Golden-aster and a burnt log from recent (and regular) controlled burns. The sand is so white. A falcon, maybe a peregrine. Back near the edge of the park. I haven’t seen Scrub-Jays here but next time I will watch for them.