February 2016

Monthly Archive

PIPING PLOVER SURVEY JANUARY 25, 2016

Posted by on 06 Feb 2016 | Tagged as: birding

 

DSC_6168Thanks to all who quickly juggled their schedules to help with the 2016 International Piping Plover Winter Census. We were originally scheduled to complete both the Piping Plover Survey and the Annual Winter Shorebird survey on January 27th. However, weather reports for the 27th were dismal. The Piping Plover survey is completed only once every five years and was deemed a priority so a last minute change was made to conduct the Plover survey only on January 25th.  Following a strategy meeting at Ken & Margo Wenzel’s house eight of us hit the beach to survey the 10 miles of shoreline from the Smyrna Dunes Park south boundary to the Canaveral National Seashore north boundary.

We reported 3 PIPLs – one with a band – and 30 Red Knots. The response to our reports from Billy Brooks, U S Fish & Wildlife Service coordinator was “Awesome”.

Dick & Gail

116TH PONCE INLET CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

Posted by on 06 Feb 2016 | Tagged as: birding

A big thanks to everyone who helped in this year’s count. We had 34 participants out in 12 teams so had good coverage of the circle. Team members spent a combined 92 hours covering over 15 miles on foot, 445 miles by vehicle and 20 miles by boat.

We ended with a tally of 128 species and over 89,000 individual birds including over 40,000 gulls at the landfill. We also added a previously never reported Franklin’s Gull to the circle list.

Great job everyone. Hope to see you all again next year.

NOTE: Osprey photo by Richard Fasse.

Dick & Gail

MERRITT ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, JANUARY 16, 2016

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DSC_6592Another great day to be out birding at Merritt Island. We started at the 406 causeway to view the shorebirds that gather there and then found a large number of Dunlin right at the entrance to West Gator Creek Road. Along with the Dunlin there were Least & Western Sandpiper, Willett, Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstones and Lesser Yellowlegs all within 20 feet or so of the road. Continue Reading »

BLUE HERON WETLANDS, JANUARY 30, 2016

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DSC_6994This trip was originally scheduled for Viera Wetlands however recent heavy rains caused the dike driving roads to be closed. So, we regrouped and went to the Blue Heron Wetlands. Although not as large a wetlands as Viera, we spent about 3 hours and were pleased with the change. There were only two other vehicles on the drive so our group was able to take our time and stop to scan open water and marsh areas.   Continue Reading »