Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Black-and-White Warbler - Babcock Webb

Anhinga at Babcock-Webb WMA

Monday, July 26th, I headed over Babcock-Webb WMA in Charlotte County to see what is happening there.  I got there a bit late to catch the Red-Cockated Woodpeckers as they exited there nest holes at sunrise. Only was able to hear a couple of them calling as they were heading away from the colony site. Spent about four hours driving and walking the roads looking for the specialities of the red-cockated woodpecker, the Bachman's Sparrow and brown-headed nuthatch. Besides the brief experience with woodpeckers I was only able to find a single singing Bachman's Sparrow.

Most common bird of the day were probably the Eastern Meadowlarks, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Eastern Towhees and Northern Cardinals. Came across several juvenile birds that identification a bit more interesting such as a couple of towhees, several Eastern Bluebirds and Pine Warblers. Came across a few Common Nighthawks working the wooded areas. Was able to photograph a Northern Bobwhite walking along a road. The best bird of the day was my last. As I was making a last pass along Oil Well Road I found a my first-of-season Black-and White Warbler working a pine tree.  I don't recall ever seeing a black-and-white at Babcock-Webb before.

My List (30) - Northern Bobwhite, Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Little Blue Heron, Green Heron, White Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, Common Ground-Dove, Common Nighthawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Loggerhead Shrike, Blue Jay, Fish Crow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Northern Mockingbird, Pine Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Towhee, Bachman's Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle

 Wet Prairie at Babcock-Webb

Road along Webb Lake

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