I participated in the 2013 Lakeland Christmas Bird Count. Rarites included Nelson’s Sparrow, Franklin’s Gull, and White-Faced Ibis.
Now that Dyeyo, Rich, and I have discovered the Circle B Bar Reserve, we go there often. Each time we go we see new birds and learn more about them. It’s such fun. The first bird we saw this time was one that I usually don’t like to photograph, a black vulture. There are tons of vultures just down the road from the Circle B entrance, near this little fishing stream. The vultures just cover the ground there (and cars of fishermen, too!) As we walked on Heron Hideout, I saw this little bird hopping around in a tall tree. I wasn’t exactly sure what it was, but when I got the picture home, I was able to identify the American pipit. We’ve often heard sand hill cranes at the reserve, and today we saw them. This Great Egret was pretty against the background of bright yellow flowers that cover the dry portions of the reserve. He was fishing. The Heron Hideout wasn’t as busy as our last visit, but we did see a bunch of herons, and this roseate spoonbill. There are so many anhingas at this reserve! The line, “Hey, there’s an anhinga displaying!” has almost gotten to […]