Found 5 American Pipits and 2 Fox Sparrows on Shirley Road near Epson Road yesterday between 3:30-4:10. Jack Armstrong
Today we decided to go back to J.N. Ding Darling NWR to see if we have as good a day as yesterday! After lunch, we headed to the refuge at low tide to see if we can find any birds! We went to the Mangrove Overlook to look over the water. The first thing we saw were 10 Great Egrets in the trees across the water. There were 6 others in the water. One ate and swallowed a fish while we were watching it. Here is the complete list from the day-
- 16 Great Egrets
- 2 Great Blue Herons
- 1 Yellow-Crowned Night Heron
- 1 Northern Cardinal
- 1 Anhinga
- 1 Osprey
After the refuge, we headed over to the Bailey Tract, an extension of the refuge. It consists of 4 different trails. We decided to hike the American Alligator trail, as you could have the best opportunity to see an alligator, and the nesting black-necked stilts that they have at the tract. While we were hiking, we came upon a very dark heron. I thought it was a juvenile, dark morph reddish egret. We brought a photo to the people at Ding, and they said it was a dark little blue heron. We also saw-
1 Black-Necked Stilt
1 Red-Bellied Woodpecker
I loved the Bailey Tract, and I hope to go back soon!
Today was our first day in Florida. I woke up, and stepped outside my hotel room, and the humid air greeted me like a good friend with a warm hug. Around the corner, I was greeted with a pleasant surprise. 27 Brown Pelicans in a single tree! Had they been roosting overnight? I think so, because some of them seemed to be waking up. A laughing gull waded in the white foam of the surf at the shore. It let out one resounding “Squawk!” and flew to the SW, down the beach. In addition to these two species, we saw…
3 Fish Crows
After seeing some birds at the hotel, we drove 5 minutes to a wonderful National Wildlife Refuge near the hotel, the J.N. Ding Darling NWR. Here, we drove around Wildlife Drive, the refuge loop. Right when we entered the drive, a curious yellow-crowned night heron greeted our car. When we got to the water, we saw many heron and egrets, along with 1 Red-Bellied Woodpeckers. This is our complete list from the refuge-
1 Reddish Egret
1 Red-Bellied Woodpecker
5 Yellow-Crowned Night Herons
2 Green Herons
4 Brown Pelicans
14 Great Egrets
1 Little Blue Heron
1 Great Blue Heron
6 Double Crested Cormorants
2 Laughing Gulls
1 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Tricolored Herons
We had a wonderful, birdy day at Ding, and we will definitely come back tomorrow morning at low tide, to see what gems lurk in the underbrush!
Today at lunch at the Over Easy Cafe, there were 20 fish crows in a tree. They were making very raspy calls, more so than the American Crow.
After dinner, we went to Blind Pass Beach to shell. After shelling for an hour, we decided to go look under the bridge that connects Captiva Island and Sanibel Island. There, we found a man bait-fishing with a net. Right beside him was a snowy egret trying to steal his bait. On the other side of the bridge, there was a 4ft. Great Blue Heron! The heron stood there, as still as a statue. It was so majestic and beautiful.
I plan to bird tomorrow in Sanibel, and all the other days I am in Florida!
Went downtown with John Longhenry and my mom to photograph Louise and Lil Kool. They weren’t cooperating that well, but got some pictures of then on the ledge of the tower. We will most likely go Saturday when they are banding the young falcons.
Today was the Winnebago County Forest Preserve’s Birding Bonanza. There were 10 of us on the walk. We were there from 7:00 AM-9:00 AM. We saw…
Bald Eagle (1)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2)
Eastern Kingbird (3)
Eastern Meadowlark (3)
Common Yellowthroat (2)
Tree Swallow (many)
American Goldfinch (6)
Baltimore Oriole (2)
Barn Swallow (1)
Song Sparrow (2)
Flycatcher sp. (1)
Indigo Bunting (1) heard only
Red-bellied Woodpecker (1) heard only
Sandhill Crane (1)
Blue-winged Warbler (1) heard only
At Severson Dells there were Ruby, & Golden Crown Kinglets- Fox Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, & Swamp Sparrow. Eastern Meadow Lark, Eastern Towhee, Eastern Bluebirds, Eastern Phoebe. In fluddles along Moody Road, L. Scaup, Common Merganser, Red-heads,Ruddy, Wood Ducks, along Meridian Rd. N Shovelers Coots, Ring Neck, Bufflehead, Blue-wing Teal, Green-Wing Teal, Gadwell. A. White Pelicans, Sandhill Cranes, D.C. Comerants. Shore birds seen were G. Yellowlegs, Wilson’s Snipe.
On the bird club field trip Sat. 47 species of birds were observed. 15 species of ducks, 2 species of geese, about 45 sandhill cranes, and 17 bald eagles. It was a nice sun-shiny day with many birds. Scott Hitchcock, Steve Schmaeng, Kevin Kaltenbach, Joyce and Jack Armstrong Enjoyed the early spring birding. A large group of birds were found just west of Cleveland Road, along Telegraph Road near Pecatonica, and at Westlake Village. With all of the water in the county, the birds can easily move to another area.
Severson Dells Nature Center, &WCFP have set up a great new system of bird feeders out at the center. Come out, & enjoy the winter birds in comfort!
About 2:00 P.M. today, 1-14, I had a nice mixed flock of Snow Buntings, & Lapland Long-Spurs along Kelly Rd, a quarter mile west of Weldon Rd. There were also many Horned Larks along the road sides. Yesterday 1-13 there was a lone Pine Siskin at the feeders at Severson Dells.
I had a friend call me this evening about an American Bittern in Boone County. I went out and managed to find it on Avery Rd south of Dewayne Rd. It was in the grass between the road and the corn.