I ask you does this look like a sad group? In no way does that apply. We had a fun day. We could not walk around "Little Lake Weir" this year, because of the lake being very high. This did not stop us from having a good birding day, Effie and I spotted a Henslow's Sparrow a short distance around where it flew into the underbrush. She attempted to get a photo, but alas not to be. And of course eBird said no that it was unreported. So let them take it off the list. We are sticking to our guns on this. We had Wilson's Snipe, Northern Flicker, 4 warbler species, trio of woodpeckers and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Out on the large lake, the Common Loon and other shore birds for a total of 47 species that can be seen at this eBird list.
Did I say we have fun? I even had a nice wet scoot down the "Slicky Slide". My daring ride left me with a soaked backside. Both photos courtesy of Effie Smith
What a great day to bird. Twenty-one avid birders joined forces to find the birds. We had two Ontario visitors who enjoyed along with the rest. We had birds!! Swamp, Savannah, & Chipping Sparrows, Wood Storks, Northern Harrier, Tricolored, Green, Little Blue, & Great Blue Herons, Cattle, Snowy, & Great Egrets, Purple Gallinule, 6 Wilson's Snipe, & Sora to name a few. This group shot filming the Sora was taken by Tom Gulley.
This American Bittern gave us quite a show, first by flying in just across from where we stood. He at first had the neck extended and then drew downward and just seemed to stare at us. Did I say we had birds? Why yes, yes we did. The check list of 55 species can be seen at this eBird link.
Wow, what a turnout-28 eager Beavers, make that Birders, who thoroughly enjoyed the morning! The newspaper definitely brought in some of the folks, including 6 Canadians. We walked the trails at the Visitor Center and were surprised by several Northern Harriers and a Red-tailed Hawk resting on a low snag. Also, had several Bald Eagles and a couple of large flocks of White Pelicans, one numbering over 200 birds. Some heard the Clapper Rail and saw the Marsh and Sedge Wren. The tree birds were missing there today! We also had some shorebirds but they were way out and we weren't able to I.D. them. We also walked the Boardwalk where we picked up several wading species, Little Blue, Tri-colored, and Great Blue Herons. We decided to go to the Bird Creek Park at the edge of the Gulf where we added 12 new species, with a total of 44 species for the day. Another nice surprise near the boat ramp was several Salt Bushes with 10-12 migrating Monarch Butterflies oneach of them. Who said migration is over! Another fun CCAS Bird Walk, Jim & Eileen
Wonderful afternoon with 22 bird species which slightly outnumbered the 20 birders who also enjoyed a beautiful sunset with a pleasant onshore breeze. The birds were quite numerous despite a considerable number of beachgoers. Terns, Skimmers, Gulls and peeps were well represented. All available rocks around the swimming area were covered with birds.
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
Oh Yeah, look out birdies, Citrus County Audubon is hot on your tails! It was a glorious day. Mosquitoes and love bugs were present in multitudinous pockets. But were we wimps? Why no, no we were not! The brave and daring group of birders were there for our first fix of the year. It was a shot in the arm from a long dry spell. We fought the mosquitoes with spray and forged ahead to "pish" the little buggers out into the open. And out they came. We logged 8 species of warbler, barn & tree swallows, White-Eyed Vireos were everywhere (lost count), Red-eyed Vireos, several House Wrens, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were plentiful, Veery's, Swainson Thrush, Gray Catbirds were in high numbers, Summer and Scarlet Tanager, to name a few. After a very successful count, we hopped over to Shrimp Landing for a much need energy lunch and recapping the 56 species we were able to identify.. The full list can be seen here at this eBird list.