Twenty participants came out to enjoy the beauty of Rainbow Springs and to spot or hear the 41 species that was tallied. Several beginner birders were avidly welcomed. They were eager to learn about the birds and their habitats. We traversed the swim area , then on up into the Butterfly Garden and back to the open field. We had 6 species of warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Robins, White-eyed and Blue-headed-Vireos, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, hawks, waterbirds, etc.
The following is a report on the locations birded and bird seen for the month of November 2013.
A special thanks this Thanksgiving Day to CCAS members Pat Wade, Beverly Overa, Wayne Hilton, Betty Knieper, Nancy Kost and Betsy Frank for gathering petitions for the Florida Land and Water Amendment this past year. At all types of venues both indoor and out, and sometimes enduring rain, heat or cold, they generously gave of their time to help place this important amendment on the ballot. The petition drive ends Nov.
The morning rain threatedned to make the 12 participants don their ponchos. Ponchos or not; the inclement weather was not going to be a deterrent. The rain stopped and our eyes feasted on a plethora of water birds so dense that it was difficult to separate the different species. There were more that 200 Black Skimmers, hundreds of gulls; many peeps, terns, plovers, cormorants, sandpipers, grebes,loons, etc. We stood rooted to the beach area for the majority of the time trying to discern the many species present. Highlights were the Scoters that were sighted out in the surf.
It was a beautiful morning for a bird walk along Pepper Creek today, and 15 people participated. We started out in the main parking lot, walked the trail, and made the return trip on the boat. Birds were very active and 32 species were identifyed. Yellow-rumped Warblers were abundant in the parking lot, with an estimated 80 individuals, and also Wood Ducks along Pepper Creek, with 30 individuals.
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We had a nice walk at the Eco Trail this morning. Birding was a little slow, as can be expected for this sight at this time of year. Eight participants identified 28 species, with the highlight being a beautiful male American Kestrel. We were also able to confirm, without a doubt, that the Yellow-rumped Warblers have returned for the winter, with a conservative estimate of 75+ individuals seen. House Wren and Eastern Phoebe were also present in large numbers.
I usually start my mornings on the back porch with coffee in hand and the cat in my lap, calming my mind as morning unfolds on my favorite river.
We had a beautiful morning at Paynes Prairie. The weather was perfect for a birding trip, and the day was very productive. We had 21 participants and identified a total of 68 species. The highlight of the day was a very cooperative female Vermilion Flycatcher! Along with the flycatcher numerous resident song and wading birds, 5 species of sparrows, 6 species of warbler, 5 woodpecker species, and 5 species of duck were seen. In addition to the birds, several species of butterflies, wild horses, american alligators, and feral hogs made an appearance.
The following is a report on the locations birded and bird seen for the month of October 2013.
Saturday was another beautiful day for birding and Eileen Riccio did not disappoint in her abilities to find some very good birds. We had 18 participants on the morning that started out cool, but soon found us shedding some outer garments. The air warmed and so did the birds. We saw Anhinga, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blues and Little Blue's, Purple Gallinule, Belted Kingfisher and other water birds. A Bald Eagle was spotted eying the water area for a morning meal.