Citrus County Audubon members united in a Zoom meeting on October21 to view a PowerPoint presentation. There were 15 participants who had contributed their choice photos. Each member was provided the opportunity to describe the photo, naming the bird and where it was taken. The gathering started at seven and concluded at about eight-fifteen. There were 25 attending the gathering. It was conducted without a hitch. We are encouraged and intend to introduce other speakers. Our upcoming Zoom session will be on November 18 and will have Gina Kent hosting her presentation on Swallow-tailed Kites. I will be providing the link in due time. Thanks to all who participated.
18 birders joined in a fun trip to ECO. This is usually the first of the season, and due to the present social distancing guidelines, we were successful in pulling it off. The morning fog made it difficult for quite some time to see any of the small birds plainly. We could see them in the canopy, but could not ID many of them. It took some time to finally be able to definitely discern their identity. We had 3 woodpecker species, Red-eyed & White-Eyed Vireos, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, House & Carolina Wrens, Black & White, Palm, Pine, and Yellow-throated, Prairie Warblers. We heard Indigo Buntings. The most exciting birds were two Ovenbirds.
This Pileated flew in near where Ken and I were finishing up the trip and gave us a good sendoff. Thanks to Ken and Effie for their photos. We had 34 species. Here is the eBird Link to the list https://ebird.org/checklist/S74599867