This is my third time joining the SanCap Audubon group for the Christmas Bird Count. This year I actually felt like I was contributing because I could recognize and name the birds.
Since I'm an early bird, I decided to go through Ding Darling Wildlife refuge before joining the group at 7:45a.m.
|Our first noteworthy sighting was the White-winged Dove - noteworthy because we had 9 of them in a tree at one time and it happened to be a lifer for Brita.|
|It turns out that the White-winged Dove is mainly in Texas and a few small colonies appear in our area. I am lucky if I see 3-4 per year and this outing alone produced over 15.|
|What a nice bunch they make - the clear blue sky also helps to intensify their honey glow.|
|One of many Ospreys that was sighted - this Osprey is a female .... telltale sign is the beaded necklace on her chest.|
|A Red-bellied Woodpecker in a Norfolk Tree just above the Bougainvilla bush - look closely and you'll see the red hues on the woodpecker's belly.|
|Our state bird - Northern Mockingbird|
|Around these beautiful blooms - the Northern Mockingbird sure looks fantastic......amazing what a little color will do for you.|
|As we rounded up the corner and started a tally of the species that we had acquired - we were blessed with two additions - an Eastern Phoebe|
|and a beautiful Prairie that kept on flitting by.|
|The Palm Warbler looked us over as he sat in the Gumbo Limbo tree aka the tourist tree....its bark peels like a sunburn. Well, folks, another great day birding in beautiful sunny Florida. My E-Bird List|