Lucky number of 13 birders were out to enjoy the bright, sunny but a little nippy morning at Ft Cooper. We may have missed the warblers by a couple days, but still we enjoyed the camaraderie of a group get together. We had four woodpecker species,House, Marsh & Carolina Wrens, American Redstart, Pine, Yellow-rumped (butterbutt), Yellow-throated & Black & White Warblers. The species list was 37 and can be viewed at this eBird link.
21 birders from both Has and CCAS enjoyed the fresh air and cooler weather on our walk October 24, 2017. Apparently the birds were enjoying it also- we had a huge variety including 11 species of Warblers, 5 Woodpecker species, Tanagers, Grosbeaks, and many more. The eco-trail is always a wonderful place to go birding. The list can be seen at this eBird link.
Beautiful morning, but every morning that we can get up and out into the beautiful surroundings is grand. Eleven birders ventured out to P.E.A.R. Park (Palatlakaha Environmental & Agricultural Reserve) near Leesburg this AM. We set off from the parking lot towards the butterfly garden. This area was the most productive. We got over 3/4 of our list just in this area. A flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks flew over followed by 4 Sandhill Cranes. A Red-shouldered Hawk did aerial dips and dives over us.
Out to the butterfly garden where Palm & Prairie Warblers, Towhees, White-eyed & Red-eyed Vireos, Bobwhites, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and Shrike gave us good views. The creek is very high and most of the area along the beginning the trail was impassable and blocked off. But there were not many birds along the rest of the creek, The entire eBird list can be seen here By the way, Palatlakaha is Seminole Indian work that was a small Indian village and means, "an area of scattered hammocks." Top two photos by Fred Hileman, bottom by Tom Gulley.
We came back for seconds! That is fourteen birders decided to cross the raging dam site, The birds just weren't up and were still trying to sleep as were some of our birders. Not mentioning any names. A few think it was too early for them to be out of bed, but I didn't see anyone leave. The warblers had apparently not stopped, but flew on through. We just tallied three warblers, but we had a surprise, several of us saw a Vireo that Effie ID'd as a Philadelphia Vireo. We had many Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Red-eyed and White-eyed Vireos, Grey Catbirds all over the place. The warblers were Yellow-throated, Pine and Black & White. Had a Swainson's Thrush calling twice and Acadian Flycatcher. The entire list of 43 species logged can be seen at this eBird link.
Good morning for a bird outing. 14 eager birders came out with the fog and the threatening look of rain to bird the Lakeside Trail. It started slow with very few birds. No sun, means insects don't come alive to entice the birds to feed. But as we walked farther down the trail away from the water, BINGO, a flurry of birds that gave us good views. Phoebes, Bluebirds, House Wrens, Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers, American Redstarts, Parula, Palm Warblers, Prairie, Yellow Warblers and House Finches to name a few. We finally felt our efforts were not in vain. We were able to tally 39 species for the morning and then lunch at Cedar River Seafood and a recap of the morning. The list of species can be seen at this eBird link. Photos courtesy of Jim Meyer