Whoop!! It has been awhile since we have been to Inglis Island and have we missed a lot. A good birding day was had by all 16 participants. We were able to drive onto the island and had a good warbler plus day. Wild turkeys, egrets & herons, Bald Eagles, Limpkin, Spotted Sandpiper, American Kestrels, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 11 warbler species including the Ovenbirds, Hooded, Magnolia, and Black-throated Green. We spotted several of each specie and many of some.
We had a great attendance this morning at ECO. There were 20 participants with several welcomed new faces. We would like to see you all back soon. Check out the website where our next event is our meeting tomorrow at 7:00 at Unity and our next field trip will be this Saturday at Pepper Creek with the following Monday Oct 20 Inglis island.
Many conservationists, especially the thousands that have been working hard to assure the passage of Amendment One, were surprised, outraged and perhaps even discouraged by the Tampa Bay Times recent decision not to support it. I share these emotions, even though on one level I do understand the Times’ argument. Even so, to vote against Amendment One would be a mistake and downright foolish!
Friday October 10th was a beautiful day to be out and about. Fifteen participants traveled to this gem of a park. This really is a beautifully laid out facility with a diverse habitat. There weren't that many species about this morning, but all enjoyed the walk and views. The warblers were not plentiful. A weather front would have helped to bring them in. There were a few species of warblers including about 20 plus Palms. Total number of species was 29. The complete list can be viewed here.
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.