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St Marks - Recap

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 13:24 -- Fred Hileman

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.

Christmas Bird Count 115 Chronicle coverage by Rochelle Kaiser

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 06:08 -- Fred Hileman

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

Rainbow Springs - Recap

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 13:33 -- Fred Hileman

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.  

Carney Island Park - Recap

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:02 -- Fred Hileman

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.

A few Conservation issues to reflect upon as we get ready to say goodbye to 2014.

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:12 -- Lynn DeLong

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.

Rainbow Springs - Recap

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 16:32 -- Fred Hileman

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.

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