Sunday, September 11, 2016

Withlacoochee, Richloam Tract & Hernando Birding - June 13 & 15, 2016

My first visit to the Richloam Tract of Withlacoochee State Forest.  Although I was never able to find the road I was looking for, I did find a brown-headed nuthatch, which is not only a bird to add to June Challenge, but also one to add to my Florida list.
Also found a cute baby white-eyed vireo, which since I had never seen before, I thought might be something new and unique!
Also added one more bird to the list today, a pie-billed grebe in Brooksville, so not bad for a day where I still worked 10 hours.  One more nice shot of the morning light streaming through the trees.

With the month half over, it is getting more difficult to add new species to the list.  I tried my luck at the Richloam Tract again this morning, and did get one more bird: the yellow-throated warbler.
Also got a few nice shots of a turkey vulture in morning light

Next, it was off to the Westlake neighborhood nearby in Ridge Manor to look for limpkins to add to the June Challenge list, and sure enough they were there, along with little blue heron, black-bellied whistling ducks, and red-shouldered hawk.
Finally, at the water treatment plant in Brooksville this morning, got some nice shots of a swallow-tailed kite.  Then, it was off to work.  Hard to do June Challenge while working full-time, but definitely possible to still get an impressive number of species.  At this point, I am getting very close to my goal of 100.

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