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Sixteen birders joined in the trip to St Marks for a fun filled experience. Some of us got to the Park early enough on the 6th.The sightings included 11 speices of duck, Black-crowned Night Herons, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Hermit Thrush,5 species of Warbler, for a total of 81 species for the 6th. Wednesday dawned on the chilly side with our starting point on Bottoms Road. This area was quite cold and the birds were staying down.
Check out this article written by Rochelle Kaiser for the Visitor that appeared Dec 27, 2014. http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/visitor-december-2014
Great coverage for CCAS concerning the Christmas Bird Count. Rochelle Kaiser did a great job of giving us an in depth story of this worthy project
The beautiful morning brought out 17 participants to just enjoy the surroundings and to see some picturesque wildlife. We certainly had a gorgeous winter’s day to mosey about and take in the sights. Herons, Common Gallinules, American Coots, Belted Kingfisher, Woodpeckers with the Pileated the most prolific, and 5 species of warblers were among the birds counted. The Wild Turkey flew across our path as we ventured out to the back field. We had 40 species which can be seen at this link.
What a glorious day! Chilly morning turned into another bright sunny day. It is such a thrill to be out and enjoy the outdoors with other enthusiasts. Not only for the birds, but for the great outdoors. We wish all could experience the camaraderie of being with friends and of the morning and the surrounding wildlife. I miss seeing a lot of you. We just have fun. Wild Turkeys, Common Loons, Pied-Bill & Horned Grebes, Herons, Bald Eagles, Terns and lots more. We birded both sides of the lake and then proceeded to Gator Joe's for a nice afternoon lunch outside on the lake.
Of major concern to yours truly recently has been the news that Duke's proposed gas plant is not the only one in the works for our increasingly unnatural nature coast! It seems a second gas plant is also in the planning stages. It is to be located on land owned by Steve Lamb near the Duke Energy plant. This second plant will deal in LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) and get it's gas from the Sabal Trail.
Our own Citrus County Audubon members Jim Meyer and Vice-President Eileen Riccio were witness to an heroic rescue of a Brown Pelican at the Canaveral Jetty over the Thanksgiving holiday. Click this link for the article in the Hometown News . The story is at the bottom of the front page of the Brevard County section.
Thanks to all our volunteers this year, we had another successful Christmas Bird Count!
A bright, crisp morning that made us all happy to be out and about. There were 21 who came out on this frosty morning to enjoy the beauty of Rainbow Springs. The most often seen bird of the morning was the Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher. They were in abundance. One tree had to have about 8 or so stirring up the insects for a breakfast. Our leisurely stroll down to the swimming hole stirred up the Common Yellowthroat, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Palm warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, and others. Up through the Butterfly Garden we came upon the Ovenbird and possibly two of them in the thicket.
Exciting news for CCAS. We are working on a new website for Citrus County Audubon. Our website will have the designated .org ending instead of .com The site is under construction, but we welcome you to check it out. We are going to have similar content, but a new face.