January 2014

Monthly Archive

114th Ponce Inlet Christmas Bird Count

Posted by on 22 Jan 2014 | Tagged as: birding

On January 4, 2014 38 participants counted 141 species and over 43000 individual birds. We had several new participants this year that allowed us to divide the circle into 13 areas, do a more through coverage and reach the highest species count in the past 6 years.  One of our teams recorded 107 species, a possible Volusia County Big Day Record. Our evening dinner checklist showed 143 species however a Red-throated Loon & a Barn Owl checked off had not been seen. Many thanks to all who helped. The data has been entered at the Audubon website and will be available for all to view as soon as Regional Editor, Bill Pranty, reviews and approves our list, including approving our first ever Ash-throated Flycatcher.

Dick & Gail


Field Trip Report, Merritt Island, January 18, 2014

Posted by on 22 Jan 2014 | Tagged as: birding

18jan14_minwr-8On a brisk Saturday morning 17 hardy birders birded Seminole Rest and Blackpoint Wildlife Drive before having lunch at the Observation Tower. Although the wind was chilly, we were able to easily find 67 species. There were not large numbers of many species but there were areas where a good variety of birds were gathered. At several stops, binoculars and scopes gave everyone good looks at what we did find. We had a great time watching as a Northern Harrier flushed  hundreds of Northern Pintails. There was an Eastern Meadowlark in front of us on the trail to the observation tower where we had lunch.  After lunch, a few of us birded Biolab Road on the way out and added 5 more species for a total of 72 for the day. Continue Reading »

Singapore Wrap Up

Posted by on 22 Jan 2014 | Tagged as: birding, Wandering Members

Singapore skyline
Beth and I are back in Florida from our Christmas holiday with grandchildren in Singapore.  We had a great time with the kids and are amazed at how well they are doing in school, athletics and social activities.  We hope they will be able to stay there at least another four years until the oldest graduates from high school.  Unfortunately, our son’s company announced today that they have sold his division to another firm, so they may not be there even through the end of this school year.

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Monkey Business

Posted by on 17 Jan 2014 | Tagged as: birding, Wandering Members

On my last day in Singapore, I walked our granddog, Kiera, as had become my custom.  We, Kiera and I, birded our way to a children’s park about a half mile from the house and sat down to see if anything interesting showed up. Continue Reading »


Posted by on 01 Jan 2014 | Tagged as: birding

am_black_duck_mexicanrace-EditWe were in for a treat at Viera. The water level at the Click Ponds was ideal for a variety of shore birds, wading birds and ducks. Our scopes allowed good views of  Long-billed Dowitcher, Dunlin, Western Sandpiper, American Avocet and Green-winged Teal. We had a close up look and photo op of a Caracara and saw both female & male Northern Harrier. There was not a larger number of ducks, but a good variety including Bufflehead, Ring-necked and Lesser Scaup. The impoundment area had the usual species including 1 Limpkin posing atop a Cabbage Palm stump. From the southeast corner of the impoundment we heard and then saw several Eastern Meadow Larks.  At the River Lakes Conservation Area -Moccasin Island Tract, we were fortunate to find the Ash-throated Flycatcher. The bird was  perched on the fence near entrance to road/trail south of parking area.   Continue Reading »