Sunday, February 26, 2017

Chassahowitzka WMA - January 1, 2017

The Ebird challenge this month, and this year, is to submit an average of one bird checklist per day.  I think that will be easy, but I have decided that I would also like to see 150 birds in January, 200 by the beginning of June, 210 by the end of June, and 251 by the end of the year (I had 250 life species entered into Ebird as of today--including a few in other states, but also probably missing a few before I started entering them).  The best birders try for 300 in one year, but that is too much for me!

So, that will be a fun new years challenge!  I am also taking more videos this year, hopefully most every time I go out.  Where as I usually just take photos.

Today, I started out the year with Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. There were a few small pockets of birds, with a goldfinch being the best, followed by yellow-bellied sapsucker.  Only counted 19 species total at the park today.  Also saw a yellow rat snake.  However, oddly enough, I most wanted to see a flicker woodpecker there, and stopping on the way back at Heather Golf Course, actually got my closest photo of one ever!  Pretty good luck!

Collage of the few birds I was able to photograph (from a distance) shows kestrel, downy woodpecker, red-tailed hawk, yellow-rumped warbler, mocking bird, yellow-bellied sapsucker, catbird, palm warbler, and goldfinch

Yellow Rat Snake
Northern Flicker at Healther Golf Course

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