A is for Alabama and…..ALLIGATOR!

I am happy to report that we have finally succeeded in finding a wild alligator in the winter.  Today was a hot, sunny day, and we were talking to our Minnesotan neighbors who gave us a tip on a gator sighting location.  After striking out in Florida, we were even more excited to search for one in Alabama.  Even though it is our last day in Alabama, we decided to forego packing and take a hike instead.  We were rewarded with this beauty less than 10 feet from the trail sunning herself… Alligator. Gulf Shores, AL

See if you can spot one of the babies too!

Baby Alligator. Gulf Shores, AL

While alligators are common in these parts, they are harder to find in the winter.  You really have to wait for a hot, sunny day to be able to spot one.  We had walked this trail before to no avail, but today, the temperatures were right.

The alligators weren’t the only ones who felt that Spring has sprung.  A raccoon crossed the trail in front of us, which is unusual for broad daylight.  An eagle soared overhead, and then we found its nest, but it was out hunting.  We saw plenty of other birds and creatures as well.  Here are just a few… Caterpillar

Hawk

Hawk

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker (he is there, keep looking!  on the branch, near the center)

While Red-bellied and Red-headed woodpeckers look similar due to the flash of red on their head; the red on red-headed woodpeckers completely covers their neck and head, while red-bellied woodpeckers’ red is on the top and back of their head.  Another distinction is the black and white barring on the backs of red-bellied woodpeckers; the back of red-headed woodpeckers is more solid.  In Pennsylvania at least, red-bellied woodpeckers are much more common.  An easy way to spot woodpeckers in the woods is to listen to their call – then try to locate them.  To get a feel for what they sound like, check out the “kwirr” noise in this link – I am sure you have heard it before if you spend any time in the woods.  It is easily recognizable even if you are just beginning to spot and identify birds.

Hope you feel Spring in the air and gloried in it like the above creatures!

 

 

About Jen

I love travel, which led me to become a fulltime RVer. I love wellness, which I can talk about 'til the cows come home. I love being self-employed, which means I get to dabble in what interests me from essential oils to RV planners. But most importantly, I love my husband and our life together on the road!

4 comments on “A is for Alabama and…..ALLIGATOR!

  1. Yeah! Hurray for the alligator; last day no less! Safe travels tomorrow and every day. Looking forward to reading about your next adventure. (Great info re tornado preparations in your earlier post as well.) : )

    • Thanks, Alyssa! Hope all is going well this semester! The count down is on!

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