Thursday, February 23, 2012

Brewer's Blackbird - Birding Central Florida

Wednesday February 15th

Brewer's Blackbird

Wednesday was the start of a three day birding holiday through central Florida looking special birds not found near home. This first day was basically a travel day up to Gainesville with scheduled stops along the way.

Wood Stork at Jenkins Creek
Found Canada Geese in Pasco County, dipped on the budgerigars at Hernando Beach, but easily found the Brewer's Blackbird at Jenkins Creek Park. What helped with the brewer's was a retired couple feeding the Boat-tailed Grackles, Wood Storks and the blackbird. LIFER!! Stopped at the nearby Bayport Park and added Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Palm Warblers, Ring-billed Gull and Cormorants. Could see the potiental for clapper rail, but not today.

Great Blue Heron at Bayport
Next was a drive away from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Apopka to refind the Say's Phoebe at Astutla. This phoebe, a western bird, has returned to this same pasture for several winter seasons now. Other birds seen at this site included Sandhill Crane, Killdeers, Eastern Bluebirds, American Robins and Palm Warblers. As it was near dusk I headed over to the parking lot at the North Shore Lake Apopka Restoration Area. Last year I had a bobcat pop up here. Today just got a Great Horned Owl

Other birds sighted today included Lesser Scaup, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey, Limpkin, House Finch, Pied-billed Grebe and Wood Stork. 
Mammal of the day was a Bottle-Nosed Dolphin.
Brewer's Blackbird

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