By the time I reached the park, the rain had stopped but it was still misty enough to make taking photos with my little camera quite a challenge.
From the fishing pier at 40 Acre Lake I watched this Great Blue Heron eating what looked like an huge water snake.
The weather slowly improved as I walked round the lake, which had its usual selection of water and wading birds.
Adult and Immature White Ibis
However, my camera still struggled to produce a usable photo of this King Rail.
Near the observation tower I bumped into Frank Farese and some other local birders who were watching an American Bittern.
I then walked across to and round Elm Lake, hoping to see the Cinnamon Teal, Vermilion Flycatcher, Rusty Blackbird and Tropical Parula that have been seen regularly there over the past weeks. As it turned out, I was probably the only birder who didn't see any of them.
Walking back to the car, I passed Frank again. He was still watching and photographing the Bittern. Surprisingly, it hadn't moved from its hunting spot in the intervening hour.
On my way out of the park, I stopped to take photos of a half-dozen or so Sandhill Cranes feeding in a field near the entrance.
Although I hadn't seen any of the rarer birds, I had enjoyed my 2-hour walk through the park and the 41 species that I had spotted. Among these were seven new year birds: Gadwall, Anhinga, Roseate Spoonbill, King Rail, American Bittern, Caspian Tern and Boat-tailed Grackle.