Boat-tailed Grackle / Common Grackle / Red-winged Blackbird / White-winged Dove / Red-shouldered Hawk / Cattle Egret / Sandhill Crane / White Ibis / Osprey / Red-bellied Woodpecker / Mourning Dove / American Crow / Mockingbird / Pileated Woodpecker / Mottled Duck / Florida Scrub Jay / Eastern Meadowlark / Loggerhead Shrike / Red-headed Woodpecker / Pam Warbler / Wild Turkey / Eastern Phoebe/ Anhinga / Greater Yellowlegs / Great Egret / Wilson's Snipe / Killdeer / Belted Kingfisher / Little Blue Heron / Great Blue Heron / Tree Swallow / Tri-colored Heron / Starling / Wood Stork / Eastern Towhee / Blue Jay / Kestrel / Black Vulture / Bald Eagle / Turkey Vulture / Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher / Roseate Spoonbill / Northern Harrier / American Bittern / Pied-billed Grebe / Black-bellied Whistling Duck / Blue-winged Teal / Common Gallinule / Snowy Egret / Black-crowned Night Heron / Green Heron / Glossy Ibis / Crested Caracara / Downy Woodpecker / Carolina Wren / Ground Dove / Gray Catbird / Western Kingbird / Double-crested Cormorant / Tufted Titmouse
I would like to take this time to thank Jimmy Wohl for being such a gracious host. This ranch is under protection from development and is actively engaged in best practices toward our environment.
Anhinga - Bald Eagle - Barred Owl - Black-crowned Night Heron - Black and White Warbler - Black-bellied Whistling Duck - Black-necked Stilt - Black Vulture - Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Blue Jay - Blue-winged Teal - Boat-tailed Grackle - Caracara - Catbird - Carolina Wren - Cardinal - Cattle Egret - Common Crow - Common Gallinule - Common Grackle - Common Yellowthroat - Double-crested Cormorant - Dunlin - Eastern Meadowlark - Eastern Phoebe - Eurasian Collared Dove - Glossy Ibis - Great-blue Heron - Great Egret - Greater Yellowlegs - Green Heron Green-winged Teal- Ground Dove - House Sparrow - Kestrel - Kingfisher - Least Sandpiper - Lesser Yellowlegs - Limpkin - Little-blue Heron - Mockingbird - Mottled Duck - Mourning Dove - Muscovy Duck - Northern Harrier - Osprey - Palm Warbler - Red-bellied Woodpecker - Red-shouldered Hawk - Red-winged Blackbird - Roseate Spoonbill - Sandhill Crane - Shrike - Short-tailed Hawk (Dark Morph) - Snowy Egret - Starling - Tree Swallow - Tri-colored Heron - Turkey Vulture - White Ibis - Wild Turkey - Wilson Snipe - Wood Stork - Yellow-throated Warbler
Hannah Sheffield accepting from Susan Volpitta, Treasurer and Roberta Lake, Director, Highlands County Audubon
Isabella Manint accepting from Steve Blaire, President, Highlands County Audubon
Chloe LeBlanc accepting from Fran Rolston outgoing Secretary, Highlands County Audubon
There are only about five-thousand reddish egrets so seeing one is very special. Many thanks for Dale Knapp's photos. Hopefully you will see one someday.
Out trip to Fort De Soto with 60 species for our annual fundraising activity was good. For those of you who pledged an amount of money per species check with the member you sponsored or mail you check to PO Box 814, Lake Placid, Florida, 33862 As always thank you so very much and remember it is a tax-deductible donation.
Species List - Ft. DeSoto April 3, 2023 – 60 Species
Thank you, Dale Knap
Kestrel - White Ibis - Red-bellied Woodpecker - Mourning Dove American Crow - Black Vulture - Cardinal - Bald Eagle - Cattle Egret
Turkey Vulture - Pileated Woodpecker - Meadowlark - Mockingbird Caracara - Great Egret - Sandhill Crane - Red-shouldered Hawk
Eurasian-collared Dove - Laughing Gull - Great Blue Heron - Starling
Osprey - Tri-colored Heron - D/C Cormorant - Common Grackle
Brown Pelican - Ring-billed Gul - Royal Tern - Rock Dove - Blue Jay Forster’s Tern - Ruddy Turnstone - Barn Swallow - Willet - Snowy Egret
Catbird - Semipalmated Plover - Palm Warbler - Black & White Warbler
Great Crested Flycatcher - Nanday Parakeet - Short-billed Dowitcher
Sanderling - Little Blue Heron - Wilson’s Plover - Wood Stork
House Sparrow - Downy Woodpecker - Ground Dove - Anhinga
Roseate Spoonbill - Loggerhead Shrike - Reddish Egret - Black Skimmer
Blue-headed Vireo - Herring Gull - Black-bellied Plover - Robin
Boat-tailed Grackle - Fish Crow
I hope you get a chance to go with us on a trip and the day turns out to be as special as this one was. Thank you everyone who went. Next time bring a friend.
American Crow - Red-shouldered Hawk - Northern Mockingbird - Mourning Dove - Eurasian-collared Dove - White Ibis - Mottled Duck - Common Moorhen - Boat-tailed Grackle - Red-bellied Woodpecker - Red-winged Blackbird - Wood Stork - Cattle Egret - Great Egret - Palm Warbler - Tri-colored Heron - Wild Turkey - Sandhill Crane - Pileated Woodpecker - Kestrel - Blue Jay - Turkey Vulture - Black Vulture - Anhinga - Pine Warbler - Robin - Great Blue Heron - Ring-Billed Gull - Black-crowned Night Heron - D. Cr. Cormorant - Kingfisher - Little Blue Heron - Common Grackle - - Pied-billed Grebe - Great Crested Flycatcher - Eastern Phoebe - Eastern Meadowlark - Yellow-rumped Warbler - Black-bellied Whistling Duck - American Coot - American Redstart - Black-necked Stilt - Blue-winged Teal - Crested Caracara - Egyptian Goose - Prairie Warbler - Fish Crow - Greater Yellowlegs - Green Heron - Limpkin - Loggerhead Shrike - Muscovy Duck - Northern Cardinal - Osprey - Monk Parakeet - Roseate Spoonbill - Glossy Ibis - Purple Gallinule - Purple Martin - Purple Swamp-hen - Rock Dove - Starling - Swallow-tailed Kite - Tree Swallow - Yellow Warbler - Snail Kite - Northern Parula Warbler
The weather was amazing, the wind was nearly non -existent, the sixteen folks who went were there to enjoy all Circle B Bar has to offer, and boy what great outdoor experiences it has to offer. After Circle B Bar we migrated to Catfish Country Restaurant and enjoyed talking about the 70 species seen that day. Once again, thank you to everyone who makes these trips so enjoyable.
Circle B Bar 02.08.2023 Species List – Thank you Dale Knapp
70 Species... WOW!
10. Cattle Egret,
Great Blue Heron,
Little Blue Heron,
30. American Coot,
40. White-eyed Vireo,
Black-crowned Night Heron,
50. Red-winged Blackbird,
60. Ground Dove,
Black & White Warbler,
Who can resist going to this magnificent place. I can tell you for a fact I will go there every chance I can. It is a long drive, but only 1.5 hours and no city traffic. Once again, our host and Sanctuary Guru Sally Stein did not let us down. She brought her assistant Kayla along and it was a delight to meet her. I am always encouraged when the young folks show up for birding and other conservation activities. I believe the bird of the day was either a beautiful Redstart darting around, or maybe the Yellow-crowned Night Heron, or maybe yet the Black-Throated Green warbler.
Corkscrew – Jan. 2023
Species List by Dale Knapp – 57 Species
Great Blue Heron
Eurasian Collared Dove
Little Blue Heron
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-throated Green Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
I hope you get a chance to go with us on a trip and the day turns out to be as special as this one was. Thank you Patrick Blake for taking us around the Range to view our 60 species. A great day!
Swamp Sparrow - Cardinal - Savannah Sparrow - American Crow - Red-shouldered Hawk - Northern Mockingbird - Mourning Dove - White Winged Dove - White Ibis - Mottled Duck - Common Gallinule - Boat-tailed Grackle - Red-bellied Woodpecker - Red-winged Blackbird - Wood Stork - Cattle Egret - Great Egret - Black & White Warbler - Palm Warbler - Tufted Titmouse - Tri-colored Heron - Wild Turkey - Sandhill Crane - White-eyed Vireo - Pileated Woodpecker - Ground Dove - Kestrel - Blue Jay - Eastern Bluebird - Turkey Vulture - Black Vulture - Anhinga - Blue/Gray Gnatcatcher - Pine Warbler - Scrub Jay - Eastern Towhee - Robin - Great Blue Heron - Ring-Billed Gull - Black-crowned Night Heron - Eurasian Collared Dove - D. Cr. Cormorant - Kingfisher - Little Blue Heron - Snowy Egret - Common Grackle - Blue-headed Vireo =- Pied-billed Grebe - Great Crested Flycatcher - Common Yellowthroat - Least Sand[iper - Yellow throated warbler - Wastern Phoebe - Eastern Meadowlark - Killdeer - Carolina Wren - Yellow-rumped Warbler - Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Catbird - Brown-headed Nuthatch
Susan V., Jimmy B., Cheryl S., Ruth K., and Roberta L. went to Royce Unit in Lake Placid with hopes of seeing baby bluebirds. Indeed, this small group checked the boxes, photographed the babies without disturbing them, and closed the boxes. As most of you know the original Blue Bird Trail has been reduced to only a few boxes. Since then, Dave F. has been gracious enough to keep a log on each remaining box. In addition to baby bluebirds and titmouse babies our species count numbered just over 40. Not bad for a very windy day but it could have been better. Thank you, Jimmy B and Cheryl S., for the photos. This was our final trip for this season.
Species List Fort De Soto, April 9, 2022 – Thank You, Dale Knapp for keeping the lists.
This beautiful Bird on the right is a Scarlet Tanager
Great Blue Heron
Black & White Warbler
Great Crested Flycatcher
Little Blue Heron
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Two beautiful trips this March, 2022. First was the Venus Loop with Dr. Gray and then the Avon Park Airforce Range led by Patrick Blake a true Bird Nerd. For photos check out our facebook page Highlands Audubon Group. Brenda posted some wonderful photos. Thank you again Dale Knapp for keeping the species lists.
Species List – Venus Loop with Dr. Gray – March 17, 2022
Osprey - Black & White Warbler - American Crow - Tufted Titmouse - Mourning Dove - Great Egret .Ring-billed Gulll - Swallow-tailed Kite - Mockingbird - Loggerhead Shrike - White Ibis - Red-winged Blackbird - Boat-tailed Grackle - Carolina Wren - House Sparrow - Black-crowned Night Heron - Kestrel - Anhinga - E. Towhee - Snowy Egret - Cardinal - Little Blue Heron - Eur. Collared Dove Purple Gallinule - Eastern Phoebe - Limpkin - Palm Warbler - Sandhill Crane - Red-bellied Woodpecker - Wild Turkey - Caracara - Tree Swallow - Cattle Egret - Red-headed Woodpecker Eastern Meadowlark - Wood Stork - Gr. Crested Flycatche - Glossy Ibis - Red-shouldered Hawk Lesser Yellowlegs - Turkey Vulture - Greater Yellowlegs - Parula Warbler - Northern Flicker - Great Blue Heron - Blue Gray Gnatcatcher - D/C Cormorant - Yellow-throat Vireo - Blue Jay Downey Woodpecker - Tri-colored Heron - White-winged Dove - Pileated Woodpecker Starling - Catbird - Fish Crow - Green Heron - Common Yellow-throat - Common Grackle - Kingfisher - Black Vulture - Ground Dove - White-eyed Vireo- Scrub Jay
Species List Avon Park Airforce Range with Patrick Blake March 31, 2022
Black-bellied whistling Ducks - Anhinga - Cardinal - Blue/Gray Gnatcatcher - Caracara - Pine Warbler - Am. Crow - Scrub Jay - Red-shouldered Hawk - E. Towhee - Northern Mockingbird - Cedar Waxwing - Mourning Dove - Great Blue Heron - Swallow-tailed Kite - Roseate Spoonbill - White Ibis - Black-crowned Night Heron - Limpkin - White Pelican - Common Gallinule - D. Cr. Cormorant - Boat-tailed Grackle - Kingfisher - Red-bellied Woodpecker - Little Blue Heron - Red-winged Blackbird - Snowy Egret - Osprey - Common Grackle - Cattle Egret - Wood Duck - Great Egret - Parula Warbler - Black & White Warbler - Great Crested Flycatcher - Palm Warbler - Common Yellowthroat - Tufted Titmouse - Fish Crow - Tri-colored Heron - King Rail - Wild Turkey - Eastern Phoebe - Sandhill Crane - Eastern Meadowlark - White-eyed Vireo - Bachman’s Sparrow - Pileated Woodpecker - Eastern Kingbird - Ground Dove - Yellow-throat Vireo - Red-headed Woodpecker - Bald Eagle - Blue Jay - Catbird - Eastern Bluebird - Shrike - Turkey Vulture - Black Vulture
Today was an extraordinary day. Our small group of nine saw 72 species. This ties our reord from a few years ago.
Ring Billed Gull - American Crow - Boat-tailed Grackle - White Ibis - Mourning Dove - Common Grackle - Mockingbird - Osprey - Limpkin - Red-bellied Woodpecker - Crested Caracara - Great Egret - Wood Stork - Red-winged Blackbird - Eastern Meadowlark Kingfisher - Kestrel - Red-shouldered
Hawk - Anhinga - Sandhill Crane - Black Vulture - Starling - Cattle Egret - Double Crested Cormorant - Loggerhead Shrike - Bald Eagle Great Blue-heron - Muscovy Duck - Blue Jay - Turkey Vulture - Little-blue Heron - Black-crowned Night Heron - Purple Martin - Mottled Duck -Tri-colored Heron
Lesser Scaup - Pied-billed Grebe - Palm Warbler - Cardinal - Yellow-rump Warbler - Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Ring-necked Duck - Ground Dove - Common Moorhen - Purple Gallinule - GreenHeron - Blue-winged Teal - Snowy Egret - Glossy Ibis - Eastern Phoebe - House Sparrow - Tree Swallow - Brown-headed Cowbird - Catbird - Pileated Woodpecker - Eurasian Collared Dove - Rock Dove - Blue-headed Vireo - American Coot - Laughing Gull - Barn Swallow - Wild Turkey - White-eyed Vireo - Swallow-tailed Kite - Roseate Spoonbill - White Pelican - Caspian Tern - Fish Crow - Eastern Bluebird - Northern Harrier - Swamp Sparrow - Swamp Hen
The photo above was taken at the end of a most pleasant day birding in Highlands Hammock State Park. The weather was spectacular as was the opportunity to see so many birds. We here at Highlands Audubon are proud that our pavillion is being used by so may visitors to the park. As you know we built it in honor of the Beck Sisters. You really must take a day and visit the Park and this very well built pavillion.
Once again thank you Dale Knapp for our species list. 42 diverse species is a good day birding.
Inside the Park:
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Parula Warbler
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
Black & White Warbler
Yellow throated Warbler
Rufous sided Towhee
Great Blue Heron
You can visit us on our facebook page to see the many photos taken in the park. Highlands Audubon -
We all enjoyed this outing even though the sanctuary was operating wiith limited staff and Covid 19 protocals were in place.
This beautiful little warbler was our bird of the day. Most of us counted it as a lifer.
55 Species...A Good Day
Red-shouldered Hawk Rock Dove
Cardinal Black-crowned Nigh Heron
Caracara Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Egret Eastern Phoebe
Kestrel Pileated Woodpecker
Turkey Vulture Merlin
Osprey White-eyed Vireo
Black Vulture Black and White Warbler
Cattle Egret Pine Warbler
Anhinga Black-throated Green Warbler
Boat-tailed Grackle Blue-headed Vireo
Mourning Dove Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Ring-billed Gull Carolina Wren
Tree Swallow Great Crested Flycatcher
American Crow Tufted Titmouse
White Ibis Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Great Blue Heron Common Yellowthroat
Wood Stork Bald Eagle
Mockingbird Palm Warbler
Little Blue Heron Catbird
Snowy Egret Red-winged Blsckbird
D/C Cormorant Green Heron
Wild Turkey Eurasian Collared Dove
Eastern Meadowlark Common Gallinule
Starling Tri-colored Heron
House Sparrow Sandhill Crane