Saturday, March 10, 2012

Bronzed Cowbirds - Clewiston

Thursday, March 8th

Western Kingbird
My daughter, Katie and I headed to Hendry County to look for Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and Western Kingbirds before they moved migrated back westward.

Swallow-tailed Kites have returned to Florida and I have seen several carrying nesting materials.  Today several were seen during our travels.  Had three Crested Caracara today as well. Other raptors seen included Red-shouldered Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, several American Kestrels, a couple of Northern Harriers and a Bald Eagle. Was hoping for a white-tailed kite but not seen today.

We did successed in locating four Western Kingbirds and a lone Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in the expected location along County Road 835 near Deer Fence Canal Road.  Other interesting sightings included Wild Turkey and a farm pond with a concentration of at least forty-five Greater Yellowlegs, plus three Lesser Yellowlegs, three Long-billed Dowitchers and four Cattle Egrets.

Bronzed Cowbird in Clewiston

Next headed up to Clewiston to look for bronzed cowbirds. At the boat ramp park we found lots of Laughing Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls, American Coots, DC Cormorants, Rock Pigeons, Grackles, Brownheaded Cowbirds and a pair of Bronzed Cowbirds.

A Common Myna found at Carnestown in Collier County the day before

An Anhinga found at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary the day before
Banded Watersnake at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Long-billed Dowitchers seen at Myakka River State Park on Tuesday

His Bronzed cowbird puffed-up for some reason
Burrowing Owls recently seen in Cape Coral

Florida Scrub-Jay seen in Festival Park in Cape Coral

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