SaySusan 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. Check our webpage the first or second week of September for next seasons activities highlandsaudubon.org and have a wonderful summer.
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
Ten members traveled to Circle B Bar Ranch Reserve to try and beat our last visit (two years ago) bird species count of sixty-one. It was the perfect day for birding with no wind to speak of, lovely temperatures, and few folks on the trails. Alas, we only had fifty species.
This Northern Cardinal was very cooperative when approached. It was as if he wanted his photo taken.
It took a lot of patience to get this photo. The Phobe just didn't want his handsome face on film. He must be in "Witness Protection".
I understand that raccoons are not birds but they sure are fun to watch. That is how things go at Circle B Bar. You never know what you will see.
Like I said...You never know what you will see there. This boar hog spent over an hour rooting near us.
Nine members ventured out on a beautiful December Florida Day to visit Scrub Pens Road, the Landfill, and Eco Park in Spring Lake. Scrub Pens Road is a ranch road off of Arbuckle Road. When the water is present so are the birds. Our first stop revealed this beautiful white pelican.
Scrub Pens Road Species List Dec. 2, 2021 (56)
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Greater Yellow les
Lesser Yellow legs
Long billed Dowitcher
This immature bald eagle will soon be as magnificent as the two previous photos of mature eagles. Bald eaglesdo not get the bright yellow beak, dark brown feathers, and white head and tail until they are about 4.5 years old.
Veterans Day at the Park was perfect weather, small group, and 59 species of birds observed. Our good friend, photographer, and chapter member Jimmy Brogdon spent the night before and met us at the entrance when we arrived. The photos are all his...Thank you Jimmy. We tried hard but could not find the 60th species. Oh well, that gives us a reason to return next year.
Little Blue Heron...Tree Swallow...Boat-tailed Grackle...Kingfisher...Great Blue Heron...Mockingbird...Kestrel...Sandhill Crane...Osprey...Cattle Egret...L Shrike...Common Crow...Blac Vulture...Red Shoulder Hawk...Eastern Meadowlark...Great Egret...Great Crested Flycatcher...Mourning Dove...Common Gallinule...Anhinga...Double Crested Cormorant...Eurasian Collared Dove...Mottled Duck...Red-winged Blackbird...Wood Stork...Turkey Vulture...Caracara...White Ibis...Blue Jay...Common Grackle... Pied-billed Grebe…Catbird…Glossy Ibis…Black Crowned Night Heron…Carolina Wren…Snowy Egret…Black Neck Stilt…Lesser Yelowlegs…Killdeer…Limpkin…Wild Turkey…Blue-wing Teal…Roseate Spoonbill…Blue-gray Gnatcatcher…Yellow-throated Warbler…Pileated Woodpecker…Palm Warbler…Tri-colored Heron…Eastern Phoebe…Common Yellowthroat…Greater Yellowlegs...Least Sandpiper…Green Heron…Pine Warbler…Bald Eagle…Dowitcher…Black-bellied Whistling Duck…Muscovy Duck…Starling…
Four, 4x4 trucks, filled with excited members ventured onto Platt Branch led by Steve Shattler of FWC. The day was chilly with way too much wind for a successful birding day but in spite of the circumstances we managed to see 32 species. Notable among the sightings were Brown-headed nuthatches, Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, and an amazing flyover by a Crested Caracara.
Steve Shattler is doing such an amazing job with the property. He has been able to put in quite a bit of shell-rock for added vehicle access. In addition he knows every bit of what goes on there and in the adjacent land. His knowledge of the history of Platt Branch interests everyone. Steve told us of home sites long gone and possible archaelogical treasures from the pioneer settlers who worked the turpentine trade. We had all packed a lunch but decided that a trip to a local restaurant would be more comfortable then eating in the cold and wind. So, off we went to Jaxsons on Lake June. Maybe you will join us on one of our trips.
Species List provided by Dale Knapp
Black Vulture...Osprey...Kestrel...Red-shouldered Hawk...Scrub Jay...Mourning Dove...Brown-headed Nuthatch...Red-cockaded Woodpecker...Red-bellied Woodpecker...Pine Warbler...Crested Caracara...Blue-headed Vireo...Wood Stork...Black & White Warbler...Eastern Phoebe...Rufous-sided Towhee...Great Crested Flycatcher...Northern Flicker...Ground Dove...Hairy Woodpecker...Great Blue Heron...Tree Swallow...Cattle Egret...Great Egret...Boat-tailed Grackle...Ring-billed Gull...Mockingbird...Cedar Waxwing...Eurasian Collared Dove...American Crow...House Sparrow...Turkey Vulture
Ring-billed Gull - Osprey - Boat-tailed Grackle - Double-crested Cormorant - Kestrel - Cattle Egret - American Crow - Anhinga - Great Blue Heron - Great Egret - Wood Stork - Crested Caracara - Red-shouldered Hawk - Black Vulture - Mourning Dove - White Ibis - Snowy Egret - Blue Jay - Kingfisher - Red-bellied Woodpecker - Northern Mockingbird - Sandhill Crane - Starling - House Sparrow - Rock Dove - Eurasian Collared Dove - Turkey Vulture - Little Blue Heron - Wild Turkey - Pied-billed Grebe - Meadowlark - Killdeer - Limpkin - Loggerhead Shrike - Tree Swallow - Cedar Waxwing - Robin - Common Grackle - Brown-headed Cowbird - Cardinal - Catbird - Painted Bunting - Indigo Bunting - yellow-rumped Warbler - Great Horned Owl - Pileated Woodpecker - Pine Warbler - Brown-headed Nuthatch - Flicker - Downy Woodpecker - Great-crested Flycatcher - Ground Dove - Eastern Phoebe - Summer Tanager - American Redstart - Purple Gallinule - Yellow-throated WArbler - Blue Gray Gnatcatcher - White-eyed Vireo - Red-winged Blackbird - Carolina Wren - Green Heron - Black-crowned Night Heron - Roseate Spoonbill - Glossy Ibis - Common Gallinule - Tri-colored Heron - Fish Crow - Bald Eagle - Scrub Jay.
This amazing trip started at 7:00 in Lake Placid Florida with 17 very excite people. Some had never been to Corkscrew while others are repeat visitors. Our trip driving down was productive, because we spotted 35 species of birds before we pulled into the parking lot. When we pulled into the parking lot we were greeted by a tree full of Cedar Waxwings. it just got better from there because Sally Stein always shows our group something special. Last year we took a swamp-buggy trip (and boardwalk) with amazing results. This year we were taken to a southern entrance and walked along a trail through habitat not seen by the general public until we reached the boardwalk. The day was hot an humid. I'm not sure if that was a factor but we sure saw the birds. Notable sightings included a Summer Tanager, an American Redstart, as mentioned the Cedar Waxwings and favorite of mine thee Great Horned Owl perched near the nest he and its mate took from the Bale Eagles who built it.