February 2013

Monthly Archive

2013 Winter Shorebird Survey Results

Posted by on 19 Feb 2013 | Tagged as: birding

Barbara Mudge 11We had an excellent winter shorebird survey this year, our fifth annual count; the weather was perfect, the birds plentiful and the counters enthusiastic and diligent.

Thank you to everyone who participated and especially to the boat and car owners for donating their vessels and vehicles.  A special thanks also to Eli Schaperow and Bob Stallnaker for traveling from outside our area to help. Continue Reading »

World’s Oldest Bird Gives Birth to another Chick

Posted by on 13 Feb 2013 | Tagged as: birding

Maybe it the world’s oldest bird but we don’t know for sure.  What we do know is she is the world’s oldest known bird.  She is a Laysan Albatross and was banded in 1956 when she was at least 5 years old.  Her given name is “Wisdom” and her latest offspring was observed “pecking its way into the world” on Sunday at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the North Pacific Ocean.

To see the full report on NPR including pictures, look here.



Northern Gannets by Ken

Posted by on 05 Feb 2013 | Tagged as: birding

At noon today (February 4), I witnessed an occurrence which I had not seen for over ten years. A school of small fish came close to shore, right in front of our house, during gannet season. That drew about a hundred Northern Gannets, a dozen Brown Pelicans and a couple of dolphin. It was the gannets that provided the show, diving from five to seventy-five feet above the surface in wings tucked, hell-bent-for-election mode. Continue Reading »

Merritt Island Field Trip Report, Jan 19, 2013

Posted by on 03 Feb 2013 | Tagged as: birding

_DSC4773Our first stop at the 406 bridge allowed everyone to get a close up look at several Common Loons, Ring-billed and Laughing Gulls.

Can birders and duck hunters use the same area at one time? Apparently so.  Earlier reports indicated that East Gator Creek Road was a good spot to find shorebirds. Having forgotten about hunting season, we were about ¼ mile into Gator Creek Road before we heard the first shot gun blast and realized that there were several duck hunters set up and shooting over hundreds of Pintail decoys. However, we were not to be deterred and continued on.  After flinching at the first few gunshots, we settled in for some serious birding. It was worth it. Interestingly enough, the shooting did little to disturb the shorebirds gathered on the small patches of mud flats. With binoculars and scopes, we had good looks at American Avocet, Long & Short-billed Dowitcher, Dunlin, Hooded Merganser, Least Sandpiper, Greater & lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Killdeer, Roseate Spoonbill and a Sora Rail that casually walked through mangrove limbs just above the water.   Continue Reading »