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Naval Live Oaks

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I spent yesterday wondering around Gulf Islands National Seashore-Naval Live Oaks Unit. The old grove of Live Oaks was set aside years ago to have timber to build the old warships. Live Oaks are tough wood and the old ships like the USS Consitution were built from the branches. Now it is a small part of GINS and protected by department of interior.

Here is a part of the trail.

The old relic dune line has captured debris from past Florida Hurricanes but mostly 2004 Ivan the terrible.

I found a few nice birds including the Sanderling.

Snowy Egrets along the shore line.

The trails are lined with Wax Myrtles which are loaded with wax berries.

And the Yellow-rumped Warblers(Myrtle Warblers) are eating the berries.

Carolina Chickadees were everywhere as well.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DAP1313 1/2/2013 8:46AM

    Are the Carolina Chickadees the same as the Carolina Wrens? I have a pair that nest in my garage every year. They hatch out babies a couple of times during he season. I've seen a small flock around my trees already.

Loved the pictures, and Live Oaks are my favorite trees.

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CAROLISCIOUS 12/31/2012 10:45AM

    I love that place. We used to take our kids there all the time.

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/31/2012 3:29AM

    Looks nice and sunny. Love your pictures. We have that Warbler here as well. A cute little bird. Beautiful pictures of the Egrets!

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