In my never ending interest in learning and exploring, I enlisted to participate in a Jay watch citizen Science training session.
We met up at Hickey Creek in Alva for a field session which was followed by classroom session during lunch. In the process we learned the cooperative behavior of Florida Scrub-jay groups,and how to identify adults versus juvenile. Come and take a look.
|Along Bateman Rd - a bull watched us as we slowly drove by.|
|We met up with a group and set out on the trail.|
|This is prime Scrub Jay habitat - we are hoping to spot a few of them.|
|One curious fellow came in and he was soon|
|joined by another.|
|Notice how they choose a prime spot to look at us while we squint trying to see them.|
|To maintain optimal habitat for jays, historically fire-maintained scrub needs to be burned every 10 to 15 years.|
|The field standardized Jay Watch survey will take place from mid June to mid July, stay tuned.|
|After our training session and early lunch, we took the back roads and pulled along the side to observe some of the farm animals.|
|Llamas, Sheeps, Rams and Cows are not my usual vista and I enjoy watching them.|
What's not to love? Any day spent outdoors and surrounded with nature makes for a very fine day indeed.