Can I say, "It's a Beautiful Morning?" It was a beautiful morning after the gray skies soon evaporated as we gathered at the Scrub Reserve. The intermittent sprinkles soon cleared and gave us a good morning of birding. We set out to the Shell Mounds but stopped at the campgrounds to add a few shore birds to our list already begun along the road into the mounds. Then on to the shore. We left there for the mudflats, mulberry trees, out to the airport and back along the Gulf side. We opted for lunch before trying for warblers at the cemetery and museum.
Saturday September 26 was another gray day with not a hint of sunshine, but we made our own. Being out and about with some great folk was a good way to wash away the dull skies. The 16 participants walked the walk and talked the talk. Our skirting the swimming area then to the Butterfly Garden, on into the far back field, gave us the opportunity to spot or hear 36 species. Wood ducks, Green Heron, Anhinga, Pied-billed Grebe, and Red-shouldered Hawk were on or around the river then up into the Butterfly Garden searching for migrating warblers.
The gray skies and the threat of rain did not deter members of CCAS from coming out to get some fresh air and view some early migrants. We walked the short part of ECO and saw, among others, 3 woodpecker species, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers,Veerys, Swainson's Thush, Brown Thrasher, 8 species of warblers, White-eyed, Yellow-throated, Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireos. The sighting of the Eastern Wood Pewee was purported to have been the first time it was recorded on the property. 37 species was the tally for this site. Next stop was a stroll down Lancelot Rd for a quick look.
MFL Hearings, Manatees, Harvesters , and the Sabal Trail Pipeline: an update on a few local issues I have been following this summer. More to follow as we crank back up for the Fall season!
WILDLIFE PARK TO HOST PROGRAM BY REFUGE MANAGER ON THREE SISTERS SPRINGS AT WILDLIFE PARK SEPT. 23
-- Florida’s springs are September’s focus with programs and exhibits --
Guest article by
Susan Strawbridge, Park Services Specialist
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be highlighting Florida’s springs during the month of September. Special events and exhibits are planned on the importance of preserving Florida’s natural springs.
Audubon has just launched a major effort to help influence the debate concerning climate change. It is based on science
and will focus especially on how climate change will affect birds. Please check out our Facebook page and watch a brief and beautiful video introducing their initiative.
We are in the process of getting the calendar of events updated and for now is closed for maintenance. It should be up and running by next week. Our first trip is going to be an impromptu trip for all who wish to join us Saturday September 13, 2014. We are meeting at Ft Island Beach at 8:00 A.M. An email was sent out this morning with this information. Check back latter part of next week for updates on the calendar.
In an earlier blog entry I wrote of my concerns regarding the explosion of invasive weeds on the Withlacoochee river. For a while the water was up, and the problem was at least concealed in my section of the river, though still very apparent above the Wysong Dam.
CCAS is gearing up for another new and exciting year of actvities. The 2013-2014 calendar year was chock full of fun things, exciting speakers, birding, boating, overnight trips, good food and great members. Starting in October, we again will have Michele Kline bringing us her captivating creatures that she is rehabilitating for future release into the wild. We plan not only for future events that will be on the calendar, but also to do impromptu forays.
My favorite river is in trouble. Kayaking has become all but impossible in many places due to an explosion of aquatic vegetation. Hydrilla is growing at a rate I haven’t seen in years, perhaps decades. Contemplating this every morning as I looked out over a river of grass and weeds was putting me in a major funk, so I contacted SWFWMD staff about my concerns.