Friday, April 30, 2010

Eastern Screech Owl - April 2010

April 2010 REVIEW

This morning following work I made a quick run over to Sanibel Lighthouse to see if any migrants could be found.  I figured that it would either be hopping or dead and I was right.  It was dead. Seems that the winds are blowing the birds past.  We had a weak storm front overnight, that proved not to be a stopper. Found zero warblers and the only other birder on-hand, John of Ft Myers, did have a male summer tanager. I dipped on the tanager, but John lead me to the Eastern Screech Owl, who posed nicely for us, out of her nest hole in a dead palm. Magnificent Frigetbirds were also on hand.
  Another interesting sighting that John mentioned was a trip to Harns Marsh a couple of days ago were he had a flock of eight Boblinks fly-in to enjoy the grassy berm surrounding the marsh
Eastern Screech Owl at Sanibel Lighthouse - 4/30

Had only paid for an hour's parking, so I was on my way home by 9:00am. But I could not resist a brief stop at Bunche Beach. Found several Black-bellied Plovers, Sanderlings, Semipalmated Plovers and Dunlins. Had a few Brown Pelicans, Laughing Gulls and a lone Ring-billed Gull. Not many Ring-billed Gulls on hand these days. On the flats to the south rose a huge flock of Black Skimmers, perhaps 200 or more. A Bald eagle was sitting in one of the snags nearby the skimmers. This all about ended my birding for April laving me with a count of 141 birds. Had attempted to locate the scarlet ibis at Lakes Park last Tuesday morning were Bob Pelkey had the bird.  Saw lots of Anhingas, White Ibis and other waders, but the scarlet ibis was not to be seen from the trails..
Black-Bellied Plover at Bunche Beach - 4/30
Note the dark feathers of the axillaries (under the wing) This a good way to differenceate the Black-Bellied Plovers, common here and American Golden-Plovers, which are not commonly seen in Southwest Florida. Both of these plovers can be very difficult to diferenceate while in Basic molt.

My April List (139) -
  1. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
  2. Wood Duck
  3. Mottled Duck
  4. Blue-winged Teal
  5. Lesser Scaup
  6. Ruddy Duck
  7. Wild Turkey
  8. Pied-billed Grebe
  9. American White Pelican
  10. Brown Pelican
  11. Double-crested Cormorant
  12. Anhinga
  13. Magnificent Frigatebird
  14. Great Blue Heron
  15. Great Egret
  16. Snowy Egret
  17. Little Blue Heron
  18. Tricolored Heron
  19. Reddish Egret
  20. Cattle Egret
  21. Green Heron
  22. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
  23. Black Vulture
  24. Turkey Vulture
  25. Osprey
  26. Swallow-Tailed Kite
  27. Snail Kite
  28. Bald eagle
  29. Red-Shouldered Hawk
  30. Short-Tailed Hawk
  31. Crested Caracara
  32. American Kestrel
  33. Peregrine Falcon
  34. Common Moorhen
  35. American Coot
  36. Limpkin
  37. Sandhill Crane
  38. Black-Bellied Plover
  39. Wilson’s Plover
  40. Semipalmated Plover
  41. Piping Plover
  42. Killdeer
  43. American Oystercatcher
  44. Black-necked Stilt
  45. Spotted Sandpiper
  46. Greater Yellowlegs
  47. Willet
  48. Lesser Yellowlegs
  49. Long-billed Curlew
  50. Ruddy Turnstone
  51. Red Knot
  52. Sanderling
  53. Least Sandpiper
  54. Dunlin
  55. Short-billed Dowitcher
  56. Laughing Gull
  57. Ring-billed Gull
  58. Herring Gull
  59. Least Tern
  60. Common tern
  61. Forster’s tern
  62. Royal tern
  63. Sandwich tern
  64. Black Skimmer
  65. White Ibis
  66. Glossy Ibis
  67. Roseate Spoonbill
  68. Wood Stork
  69. Rock Pigeon
  70. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  71. White-winged Dove
  72. Mourning Dove
  73. Common Ground-Dove
  74. Black-hooded Parakeet
  75. Eastern Screech Owl
  76. Great Horned Owl
  77. Burrowing Owl
  78. Barred Owl
  79. Common Nighthawk
  80. Chimney Swift
  81. Belted Kingfisher
  82. Red-headed Woodpecker
  83. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  84. Red-cockaded Woodpecker
  85. Pileated Woodpecker
  86. Eastern Wood-Pewee
  87. Great Crested Flycatcher
  88. Eastern Kingbird
  89. Loggerhead Shrike
  90. White-eyed Vireo
  91. Blue-headed Vireo
  92. Red-eyed Vireo
  93. Blue Jay
  94. American Crow
  95. Fish Crow
  96. Purple Martin
  97. Barn Swallow
  98. Tufted Titmouse
  99. Brown-headed Nuthatch
  100. Carolina Wren
  101. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  102. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  103. Gray Catbird
  104. Northern Mockingbird
  105. European Starling
  106. Cedar Waxwing
  107. Northern Parula
  108. Yellow Warbler
  109. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  110. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  111. Black-throated Green Warbler
  112. Blackburnian Warbler
  113. Yellow-throated Warbler
  114. Pine Warbler
  115. Prairie Warbler
  116. Palm Warbler
  117. Black-and-white Warbler
  118. American Redstart
  119. Prothonotary Warbler
  120. Worm-eating Warbler
  121. Northern Waterthrush
  122. Common Yellowthroat
  123. Hooded Warbler
  124. Summer Tanager
  125. Scarlet Tanager
  126. Eastern Towhee
  127. Bachman's Sparrow
  128. Savannah Sparrow
  129. Northern Cardinal
  130. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  131. Blue Grosbeak
  132. Indigo Bunting
  133. Painted Bunting
  134. Red-winged Blackbird
  135. Eastern Meadowlark
  136. Common Grackle
  137. Brown-headed Cowbird
  138. American Goldfinch
  139. House Sparrow

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