Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Global Big Day, Hernando Locations - May 14, 2016

I was excited to participate this year again in the "Global Big Day" from Ebird.  Mostly America, but many other countries submit reports and over half the bird species on earth (5,000+) were seen again this year.  My contribution was 40 species at 8 locations in Hernando.  I only had 2 hours today to go out, but I actually found a life bird, the Mississippi Kite.

Other good finds for me were Swallow-tailed Kite, Eastern Kingbird,  Spoonbill, Purple Martin, Red-headed Woodpecker, Meadowlark, and Red-tailed Hawk.

First stop was Powerline/Lockhart Road.  I will do a separate post about the Mississippi Kite, but above is a photogenic Meadow Lark I found.

At Bystere Lake in Brooksville a pair of Eastern Kingbirds and Osprey pair.  Also found the 2 spoonbill here, but too far away to photograph.

Finally, the Brooksville water treatment plant.  Unfortunately I had to change cards almost right when I got here and the card I put in was locked and did not take any photos, so there may have been more here I missed.  This photo has 3 good species: black-necked stilt, greater yellowlegs, and mottled duck. 

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