Monday, June 12, 2017

Key Vista - April 14, 2017

After work, I got to visit Key Vista in Pasco.  It had some interesting finds, like a loon close to shore, a merlin, great horned owl, whimbrel, and a waterthrush.  There was also a mourning dove family with babies being fed on the ground.  My best photo was of this osprey that flew by with a fish.

Great Horned Owl
Common Loon
Common Loon

Migration Continues at Fort DeSoto - April 14, 2017

Migration is getting more interesting this week with a good variety of migrants.  57 species for the park, reported on Ebird, which is pretty good considering I still went to work for a half-day today!  Still, no terrific photos so far this month during migration, and no even decent photos from today, but I did make a collage of what I saw, which I think still shows all the variety.

Migration Begins at Fort DeSoto - April 8, 2017

Off to a slow start this year in comparison to this week previous years. 
However, always something to see, and a few nice surprises today with the wood thrush and swainson's thrush.  Ended the day with 62 species, reported on Ebird.

Wood Thrush
Nanday Parrot
Great Horned Owl

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Fort DeSoto - March 31, 2017

Aside from the gannets, there were plenty of other birds at the park today.  One of my favorites was seeing the baby owls in a nest in the usual annual spot.

The mama owl was not far off either, keeping a close watch on the nest.
There were also many shorebirds on the jetty at North Beach, including many royal terns and black skimmers...
Marbled Godwit
Willets and Marbled Godwits

Gannets at Fort DeSoto - March 31, 2017

A stormy day today, but it brought the Northern Gannets close to shore!  I have never gotten up-close photos of them before today.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Celery Fields, Sarasota - March 18, 2017

Found the Bronzed Cowbird immediately at the feeder this time, and there were several other bronzed cowbirds around the park.  I love the red eyes!  That was the second life bird of the day!

Then, and the end of the day,  I found a third life bird, the Scaly-Breasted Munia!  What a great way to end the day!

Two life birds: Bronzed Cowbird (above) and Scaly-breasted Munia (below)
...and some nice photos of purple martins to share too

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

STA 5/6, Hendry County - March 18, 2017

Finally was able to visit the infamous water treatment lands of Hendry County.  It really was worth the wait, but I would highly recommend the guided tour!  Our guide was able to lead us directly to gray swamphen, peregrine falcon, tropical kingbird, and gray kingbird.  Pretty amazing!  The swamphen was the reason I made the trip, and a new life bird!

Gray Swamphens
Tropical Kingbird (very rare), Gray Kingbird (very early)

American Bittern
Eastern Meadowlark
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (top) Fulvous Whistling Ducks (below)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow and Peregrine Falcon

Black-necked Stilts