October 2012

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Lake Woodruff Field Trip Report, 5 Oct 2012

Posted by on 31 Oct 2012 | Tagged as: birding

An early morning trip to Lake Woodruff  National Wildlife Refuge can always be interesting. A quick stop at the office area allowed good looks at  the resident Red-headed Woodpeckers, Pine Warblers and other species in the newly cleared areas around the building and parking lot. We walked the Myakka trail and were rewarded with  Yellow-throated, Palm, Black-and-white, and Common-yellow throat Warblers along with several Gray Cat Birds. Special sightings included Veery and a pair of Indigo Bunting. The dike walk was good for exercise but not very productive this early in the season for winter water species. Overall, we saw 46 species. Continue Reading »

Parque Natural de la Albufera

Posted by on 17 Oct 2012 | Tagged as: birding, Wandering Members

I took a guided tour of Albufera Nature Park while we were in Valencia, even though birding was barely mentioned in the description.  The short drive from the city to the park was through a treed estuary and rice fields.  We could see egrets and herons in the fields and smaller birds in trees, but the guide was not a birder, so it was “pedal to the metal” all the way.

First stop at the park was the Visitor’s Center and the viewing platform three stories above it.  Hot diggity!  From the tower we could get a complete overview of the surrounding area.  To the west was a heavily-reeded lagoon.  One open section of water had a flock of a dozen or so Ferruginous Ducks swimming in it – a life bird.  Right in front of us, to the south and east, lay extensive wetlands with wall-to-wall birds.  Before we were taken into this birders’ utopia, however, we had to watch a film on the history of the park. I slipped out the back door and did a little reconnaissance on my own. Continue Reading »

Washington Oaks State Park field trip

Posted by on 03 Oct 2012 | Tagged as: birding

On Friday Sept 21st. the Picards and Domroskis spend a beautiful day walking the gardens at Washington Oaks and visiting Fort Matanzas. We had really good looks at a Barred Owl, identified 8 warbler species and enjoyed watching a Merlin cruise overhead. Hope you can make the next field trip to Lake Woodruff Wildlife Management Area on Friday October 5th.

Dick & Gail

2012 Fall Migratory Bird Count Report

Posted by on 03 Oct 2012 | Tagged as: birding

Thanks to all who helped with the Fall Migration Count. We had 12 people on 6 teams and covered a lot of area. We counted 87 species, 3 more than last year, and 5065 individuals – 561 fewer than last year. Some high points this year were: Red Knots, two Veerys, 12 Savannah Sparrows and an Oven Bird. Also, 12 Prairie, 10 Common Yellowthroat, and 20 Palm Warblers, plus 2 Indigo Bunting all in and around the same weed patch. For the complete list, look here.

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