Another great morning with 18 participants. Lake Panasoffkee is a very nice birdy place escpecially in and around the pavillion. Much activity from the Kestrels and a Merlin that was after a flock of Eastern Meadowlarks. A Loggerhead Shrike was also amongst the fray. Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Bluebirds, Palm & Pine Warblers dominated the scene. A count of 90 Fish Crows came streaming over with their answer to the question, "Are you American Crows" and their reply "Un-Unh." We gave up after the count of 90.
Cool and a foggy morning greeted us at the Rainbow Springs State Park Tube Entrance. It took a while to get the birds stirring. We walked the boardwalk with very few encounters. We were greeted by the "snow-bird" Yellow-breasted Sapsucker who has come in to spend the winter down by the river. We then walked back up the drive where a few warblers were awakening and being warmed by the bright, sunny rays of the sun. Activity was on the upswing. In just a matter of an less than an hour we counted 27 species.
This trip began with Dade and ended at McKethan. Our numbers of participants started with 16 including Kristen at Dade Battlefield with 34 species (and by the way, thank you Kristen). We were thrilled to see the many Red-headed Woodpeckers, 5 species of warblers including the Ovenbird, and others. We then started with 14 (losing two participants) for Lake Townsen but stopped at a pond west of the entrance to Dade where we got 12 species.
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.