Barn Owl at Sweetwater Wetlands 9-17-2013
Friday, February 28, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
"37 years ago today I asked you to marry me. Just so you know, I would do it all again! I LOVE YOU and have a good day just knowing I am thinking of you."
Lift List: 465
Year List: 180
Month List: 88
Florida Life List: 84
Florida Year List: 50
Note: My white morph Reddish Egret turned out to be a juvenile Little Blue Heron so I lost one species for now but I am sure I will see one before I leave Florida!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
- Florida Life List: 83 species
- Florida 2014 Year List: 49 species
- Lee County Life List: 74
- Lee County 2014 Year List: 34
- Cape Coral Neighborhood List: 32
- Total FL Checklists submitted 2014: 26
- Kathie's Life List: 465
- Kathie's 2014 Year List: 181
- Kathie's February Month List: 87 species (all birds seen since February 1st across the whole USA)
Sunday, February 23, 2014
- Turkey Vulture-seen from train, Magnolia Gardens 2-22-14*
- Great Egret-seen from train-Orange Park
- Anhinga-seen from train, Palatka
- Black vulture-seen from train, DeLand
- Rock Pigeon
- Mourning Dove
- Great blue heron-driving south on Rt. 17, Kissimmee
- American White Pelican-south on Rt. 17, Fort Meade
- Sandhill Crane
- Common Grackle
- Snail Kite- south on Rt 17, Zolfo Springs
- Belted Kingfisher
- American Kestrel
- American Crow
- Cattle Egret-south on 17, Arcadia, FL
- Wood Stork-Punta Gorda, Tamiami Trail
- Snowy Egret
- Blue Jay-Cape Coral Neighborhood
- Northern Mockingbird
- Great Horned Owl
- Loggerhead Shrike
- Gray Catbird
- Double-crested Cormorant-Cape Coral Neighborhood, 2-23-14*
- Cooper's Hawk
- Bald Eagle
- Fish Crow
- Purple Martin
- Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
- European Starling
- Palm warbler
- Yellow-rumped Warbler
- Northern Cardinal
My Florida Life List has now surpassed my New Mexico Life List with 78/77 species respectively. It is hot on the heels of my New Jersey Life List which Rick Wright helped me with last summer and which stands at 86 species, but it is my hope that I will surpass the 100 species mark for Florida on this trip! In the past 24 hours I have already added 12 species to the list, which was only at 66 species when I arrived.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
- Black-capped chickadee 2-7-14
- American Crow
- American Robin
- American Goldfinch
- Herring Gull 2-10-14
- Tufted Titmouse
- White-breasted Nuthatch 2-11-14
- Downy Woodpecker
- Red-tailed Hawk 2-12-14
- Blue Jay
- Hairy Woodpecker
- Northern Cardinal 2-17-14
- Cooper's Hawk
- Dark-eyed Junco 2-18-14
- American Tree Sparrow
- House Finch 2-20-14
Friday, February 14, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Celeste and I astride our horses on December 23, 2013.
Besides our love of birds and nature, Celeste and I also share a love of horses. Last year I took my daughter on a horseback ride through Saguaro National Park as one of her Christmas presents. This year I invited Celeste to join me and we both did this as a Christmas present to ourselves. By now we both knew I would be moving at the end of January, so this made a nice memory for both of us.
They were both well behaved horses and just look at Celeste holding those reins like a pro! Not bad for a Brit!
“Happy Trails to you…until we meet again!”
Click this link to see-Scenes from last year’s trail ride.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
I saw this warbler in Cave Creek Canyon on October 4, 2013 near the Sunny Flats Campground Area. It was high in the trees alongside the road so most of these photos are blurry or my view of the bird is obstructed in one way or another. I really hope it is a Hermit Warbler in fall plumage but fear it is simply a Townsend’s. I only have one clear shot of the bird’s head as it flew from one branch to another. Otherwise it simply crept along the branches and my only views of it are of its underbelly or sides.
Besides the fall plumage issue, these two species do interbreed and produce hybrids. While a Hermit Warbler would be a Life Bird for me, I don’t want to claim it if I haven’t seen it. All of these photos were taken within a 60 to 90 second time frame.
What say you?
Notes: By the time this publishes Gus and I will be on the road and headed east. I will check in whenever I can, but we are travelling with 2 cats and a dog and trying to out maneuver the winter storms! We’ll see how THAT goes!
You can read all the posts from Cave Creek Canyon by clicking the link below.