Birdwatching at Circle B Bar Reserve – 12/23/09

White Pelicans in Flight - Circle B Bar by Dan

White Pelicans in Flight - Circle B Bar by Dan

And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, (Leviticus 11:18 KJV)

On December 23rd, Dan and I were birdwatching at Circle B Bar Reserve here in Polk County Florida, and what a day it was. They had just had the Christmas Bird Count a few days earlier and had counted over 7,000 American White Pelicans. See Birdwatching in Polk County – December 2009

I just got through putting together my first attempt of combining photos and video together. The videos and the photos will give you an idea of the many pelicans flying over.  They are not like Canadian Geese that squawk constantly, but were silent. What you heard was the whoosh of their wings as they flapped. Unfortunately, it didn’t come through in the video. (This is an updated video with sound of music instead of my mouth running as the 1st one was.)

I am never disappointed at the Circle B.

Here is another person’s video of the White Pelicans taken a few days later.

Here is the list of birds I reported to eBird for that birdwatching day.

Number of species:     43
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck     50
Blue-winged Teal     2
Pied-billed Grebe     3
American White Pelican     2000
Double-crested Cormorant     50
Anhinga     45
American Bittern     1
Great Blue Heron     5
Great Egret     25
Snowy Egret     4
Little Blue Heron     1
Tricolored Heron     2
Cattle Egret     6
Green Heron     1
White Ibis     30
Glossy Ibis     30
White-faced Ibis     1
Roseate Spoonbill     15
Wood Stork     100
Black Vulture     50
Turkey Vulture     50
Osprey     4
Bald Eagle     1
Red-shouldered Hawk     1
Common Moorhen     20
American Coot     5
Sandhill Crane     1
Killdeer     6
Laughing Gull     40
Mourning Dove     1
Belted Kingfisher     3
Red-headed Woodpecker     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Pileated Woodpecker     2
Eastern Phoebe     3
Blue Jay     2
Fish Crow     10
House Wren     1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     10
Northern Mockingbird     3
Palm Warbler     5
Northern Cardinal     2
Boat-tailed Grackle     5

2 thoughts on “Birdwatching at Circle B Bar Reserve – 12/23/09

    • Thank you. I enjoyed taking it, but more I enjoyed just watching the pelicans. Those on the video and in the photos are only the tip of the iceberg. They just kept coming the whole time we were out there, well over 1 1/2 hours.


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