After preparations at the start of the month, I was hoping for a total of 100 birds, and I ended up with 106, and 100 of those photographed! I saw three life birds for Florida: brown-headed nuthatch, hairy woodpecker, and clapper rail.
These are some of my favorite moments:
- June 1: At the first spot of the day (Bayport) I find a common loon and three horned grebe. Both are winter birds in Florida, and I saw neither last year. June challenge is off to a great start.
- June 3: A tiny baby clapper rail runs out into the road at pine island drive and I pull over and get out to chase it (my first clapper rail in Florida).
- June 7: Saw three hummingbirds together (and one more later in the day) after tropical storm Colin moves through the state.
- June 10: Another winter species found, white pelicans on Bystre Lake, and then later in the day, a rare sighting of a Mississippi Kite soaring over Lockhart Rd.
- June 13: Driving around dirt roads before work at Richloam area of Withlacoochee State Forest and find a brown-headed nuthatch, the second life bird of the month.
- June 19: A flicker woodpecker in the same patch of trees as last year in Chassahowitzka WMA
- June 24: Found one baby Eastern Kingbird on Lockhart Rd. and realized it was another successful nesting season for the kingbird family there.
- June 30: Early fall migrants, two kingfishers are around Bystre Lake. I was the first one to see this species in Hernando during June!
Actually, several of my favorite moments this month were not even bird sightings:
- Family of river otters playing at Jenkins Creek
- Baby water snake hunting for food in the water at Linda Pederson
- Terrapin turtle nesting at Pine Island, a life reptile, :)
- Bobcat in the road at Chassahowitzka
- Walking through the fog at dawn in the quiet old forest at Withlacoochee Croom Tract
- Photographing beautiful light streaming through the trees at Withlacoochee Richloam Tract