November 2015

Monthly Archive

Wings on Wind Festival Report

Posted by on 20 Nov 2015 | Tagged as: birding

2015nov_sevas_mscThe Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet sponsored the annual Wings on the Wind festival at the center on Nov 14.  SEVAS participated with a booth.  Dick, Lamont and I set up the table and worked the crowds and later Jake and Leslie came to help out.  It was a fun day.  We met with and engaged lots of people who were obviously conservation-minded and who left with some of our posters, rack cards and other souvenirs.   Continue Reading »

Field Trip, Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve, Nov 7, 2015

Posted by on 20 Nov 2015 | Tagged as: birding

 

green_heronWe visited 3 of the 5 access points for the preserve, Creek Shore Trail, Martin’s Dairy Road and the Spruce Creek Park entrance on U S 1. It was a beautiful day and none of the areas were crowded. At Creek Shore Trail we first heard a Barred Owl and then saw several first of season Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers. A couple in our group were fairly sure they saw a Burrowing Owl perched on a fence post separating the two open fields  At the new Canoe/Kayak launch area we heard several Clapper Rail and even had a quick glance at one. Also saw 2 Green Heron perched on a small mangrove and heard Pileated and Red-bellied Woodpeckers calling from the old large Oaks, Magnolia and Hickory Nut trees. Then 6 of our group of 8 walked the trail between Creek Shore and Martin’s Dairy road to check the Scrub Habitat Restoration Project and look for Scrub Jays. No Jays were seen or heard.  Fortunately the 6 had a good navigator for the 1.7 mile hike as there is a maze of trails between the two areas.   Continue Reading »

DUNLINS ON THE BEACH

Posted by on 07 Nov 2015 | Tagged as: birding

dunlin on beachI walk the beach three times per week and have for cardio excercise for many years. My route is the mile and a half from 27th Ave park to Hiles Blvd. I have never seen Dunlins on the beach. Last week, on Thursday, I saw one with a group of Sanderlings. I felt it so unusual that I had to get pictures and research the matter. Turns out that Dunlins winter on beaches in addition to the mud flats we are accustomed to seeing them on. This according to Sibley’s Guide.