Fall 2012 / Spring 2013 Field Trip Stats to date:
Total Bird Species: 162
Total Individual Birds: 8,164
Total Miles Walked: 15.5
Total Adventures: 11
Febuary 16, 2013
It Pays to Get Up Early!
Although that is not what I was thinking when the alarm went off at 5 am to make the drive over to Polk County. Participants were rewarded with great views of American Pipit, Purple Gallinule, Sora, Roseate Spoonbills, Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks and Limpkins to name only a few. The American Bittern stayed tucked behind the grass, but was found by all. What a wonderful day.
Birding Group - Photograph by Ed Tess Roseate Spoonbill - Photograph by Ed Tess
Sora (Left) and Purple Gallinule (Right) - Photograph by Sandy Harris
Wall Springs Park & Wm Dunn Water Reclamation Facility - Total of 53 Bird Species
January 26, 2013
DIVE, DIVE, DIVE - what a treat, participants enjoyed watching the submarine maneuvers of a Common Loon swimming underwater catching fish right next to the nature trail. The speed and agility was amazing with an underwater hunting technique completely different from the Anhinga.
22nd Annual Rich Paul Birding Open Raises over $400 for Audubon of Florida’s
Coastal Island Sanctuary - January 1, 2013
More than 20 birders enjoyed a beautiful January 1st day at Fort DeSoto County Park to participate in a challenge to find as many species of birds as possible in a 6 hour period. Prizes were awarded to both individual and team efforts.
Thank you to everyone who participated. Happy New Year!
The Eagle Has Landed ! – well actually three Bald Eagles landed (2-Adults and 1-Juvenile 2-3 years old).
Alligators, an Otter and Birds – The cool, overcast morning started off with a flock of warblers dropping in to feed atop the old oaks at 8:15 am sharp; a trip leaders dream come true. We welcomed several new comers and enjoyed our stroll through the park with a Blue-headed Vireo and Limpkin topping today’s bird list.
The St. Petersburg Audubon exhibit area this year was non-stop action with Nancy Dunne joining us.
She provided a table full of artifacts explaining - what is in a wrack line and why do birds love what they find there; to beach litter and how the birds are affected; to where shorebirds build their nests
and what material is used.
The kids had a coloring station to draw pictures of the beach and real sand to build their own shorebird nest.
Green dot WINS today! Hmm do I see a future cartoon series.
By the end participants were rewarded with 2 Bay-breasted Warblers.
Thank you Jason Guerard, Trip Leader!
Thank you Ron Smith, Trip Leader