Birdwatching at Circle B – 10/01/2010

Circle B Bar Reserve View

Circle B Bar Reserve View on 10-1-10

Now that the weather is improving and the humidity is becoming bearable, it’s time to go birdwatching again. Actually we have been out several times in the last few week. We made a trip a few weeks ago to Fort Desoto in Pinellas County. I am still trying to figure out which birds we saw at the beach. I’ll save those birds for another blog. It was a delightful day to be out birdwatching.

This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. … God is the LORD, And He has given us light; (Psalms 118:24, 27a NKJV)

Yesterday, 10-1-10 we went to the Circle B Bar Reserve to take a look around. We only went about a mile round trip. The same birds were there, but few in number. Apparently the migrants that spend the winter haven’t arrive yet. They are just trickling in slowly. Talking to one of the volunteers out there, he agrees that the birds are behind their normal arrival.

Black Vultures Lining the tree limbs-bad shot by you get the idea

Black Vultures Lining the tree limbs-bad shot by you get the idea

We stopped by “Buzzard Beach” which is on the perimeter of the Reserve, but part of it. There were well over 100 Black Vultures lining the trees and on the ground. Unfortunately, my camera was acting up and my shots were bad.

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) by Lee at Circle B Bar Reserve 10-1-10

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) by Lee at Circle B Bar Reserve 10-1-10

We started around 7:45 and birded for about 2 hours altogether. My prize of the day was the Carolina Wren. I have been hearing them on previous visits, but could not get one in my camera. Yesterday, I finally got a photo. There were two of them and with help from a friend, we both got them in view.

Little Blue Heron immature in a Tree by Dan at Circle B

Little Blue Heron immature in a Tree by Dan at Circle B

Another nice find was a Little Blue Heron that was immature and still in it’s White form. The rest of the birds we pretty much what we get most times out at the Circle B this time of the year.

At any rate, here is the list of birds I reported to eBird at http://ebird.org/content/ebird

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Anhinga
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Green Heron
White Ibis
Wood Stork
Black Vulture -100
Osprey
Cooper’s Hawk
Purple Gallinule
Common Moorhen
Sandhill Crane
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Fish Crow
Carolina Wren
Northern Mockingbird
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Boat-tailed Grackle

Number of species:     31

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