Friday, April 13, 2018

WeekiWachee Preserve - June 21, 2017

Another nice day at the park!  Several photos of wildlife, flowers, insects, and a few landscapes to share from today.

Hernando Birding- June 17 & 18, 2017

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
Summer Tanager
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.

Wildlife at Chassahowitzka WMA - June 17, 2017

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)

Scenic Views at Chassahowitzka WMA - June 17, 2017

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.

Frigates at Pine Island - June 7, 2017

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.

Celery Fields, Sarasota - June 6, 2017

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

Woodstorks Nesting at Gulfview Rookery - June 4, 2017

Another bird nesting at the rookery is the woodstork, a very striking bird and great to photograph.

Anhingas Nesting at Gulfview Rookery - June 4, 2017

Nesting anhingas got me started into birding and digital photography back 10 years ago in the summer of 2007.  Nice to continue to watch future generations each year since.