Friday, April 13, 2018
Continued with Hernando birding with a stop to Croom Forest as well as many other locations over the weekend aside from Chassahowitzka, including Kettering, Powerline, and Lockhart roads, Hernando Beach, Heather Golf Club, Jenkins Creek, Linda Pederson, Pine Island, Bayport, Silver Lake, Bystre Lake, Lake Townsend, McKethan Lake, and Lake Lindsay.
One great thing about doing the June challenge three years now is that I have gotten to explore the county and found many very nice natural areas I would not have found otherwise! Didn't get too many photos, but here is some of what I found, starting with a couple of shots of the beautiful pine forests at Withlacoochee State Forest's Croom Tract:
House finch (family) on Croom Road
Red-shouldered hawk and Sunner Tanager at Croom Forest
Purple Gallinule running across Lake Lindsay
House sparrow and brown cowbird family in Hernando beach neighborhoods
And many others including black bellied whistling ducks, red-headed woodpecker family, barn swallows, eastern kingbird, and pine warbler.
Also saw many species of wildlife and birds at the park and got photos of a few to share.
|White-tailed Deer Fawn|
|Six-lined Racerunner Skink|
|Swallowtail Butterflies on Thistle|
|Sherman's Fox Squirrel (endangered)|
I visited Chassahowitzka a few days ago and again today to find some more Hernando birds for June Challenge. I never knew there was this crazy sinkhole that goes down to an underground cave system where some people go diving. Also has gators in it, which is strange for upland habitat.
Went to Pine Island before work on this stormy morning hoping some magnificent frigate birds would be pushed inland from the wind, and I found them! Saw them first from a distance, and then they flew right over my car as I was leaving so I pulled over and got these shots. With 70 Hernando species by the end of the day (after visiting the water treatment plant in Brooksville), I am doing well for the first week of the June Challenge.
The sixth day of the month and I have already visited Pasco, Hillsborough, and now Sarasota County, none of which will count toward the June Challenge in Hernando. However, it was a nice morning at Celery Fields! Pictured below are spoonbill, purple martin, and purple gallinule