Staying at a ritzy hotel on Amelia Island, I saw this eco-friendly lawn mower busy at work at lunch time. This Gopher Tortoise is a threatened species in Florida an is protected under law. A mascot of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Fernandina Beach, this turtle busily keeps the lawn trim while hotel guests frequently walk by.
The sand dunes provide a buffer between the Atlantic Ocean and the hotels, condos and homes that enjoy being beachfront property. This strip of dunes provide a natural habitat for a variety of wildlife.
A short walk along the beach was shared with several shore birds. One of my favorites is the Sanderling. Small and cute, these little birds dart in and out of the surf, looking for sand crabs for dinner. Taking their bills deep into the wet sand practically up to their eyeball, they work hard for their supper.
Along with these little darlings, a single Willet was joining in for the crab feast.
Meanwhile, this Laughing Gull and his friends had something to say. Must admit there is something about being a Smart Dressed Man.
Of course, no sea side birding adventure would be complete without at least one gull to totally confuse me. They all look so similar. At least this one I do know to be a Herring Gull.
It’s just a short overnight stay at the beach before hitting the road to start heading back to Maryland. It’ll be hard to leave Florida as the weather here has been picture perfect. Hope you have a great weekend planned. Bella