|A RCW hiding from the camera|
Today I arrived at Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area in Charlotte County just at dawn. Because this venue is the closest location to find the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. This species requires a very specific habitat, which has been disappearing, as their habitat is also favored by land developers.
So about twenty minutes past dawn, a pair of noisy RCW emerged from their nest holes. A pair of noisy House Wrens would join them in greeting a new day.
The best time and place to locate the birds is be set-up near one of the nest colony sites either at dawn or dusk.
|This Red-bellied Woodpecker was inspecting a RCW nest hole|
Shortly after I was able to locate Brown-headed Nuthatches in a mixed flock of Palm, Yellow-rumped and Pine Warblers. Other species found included Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Great Egrets, Eastern Meadowlarks, Mockingbirds, Common Yellowthroat, American Bittern, Pied-billed Grebes, Northern Flickers and Tree Swallows.
|Great Blue Heron|
|Current tally of recent hunting activity on the property|