Birdwatching Trip to Circle B in March 2012

Sandhill Crane Chick at Circle B by Lee

Sandhill Crane Chick at Circle B by Lee

We had not been to Circle B recently, nor especially out to the Marsh by the windmill. Actually the windmill has lost its blades. It is a long trek out there for me, but praise the Lord, one of the workers came along with one of their vehicles and gave us a ride to the marsh. We were greeted by a group photographing Sandhill Cranes with their baby. That would have made the trip worth it alone.

Of course there were other birds awaiting our arrival. It is never boring out there. Since we had parked up by the entrance to get to the marsh, when we got out of the car and were getting our cameras and binoculars, we were greeted by the sound of a Pileated Woodpecker. When we returned, the Pileated showed off and we got some close-up shots of two of them. They were right by the pavilion and didn’t seem to mind those of us nearby.

Great Blue Heron with Catfish at Circle B by Lee - cropped

Great Blue Heron with Catfish at Circle B by Lee - cropped

Another neat observation was the Great Blue Heron that caught a fish, actually a catfish. He was out from the edge a bit, but was able to zoom in on him. Took some video of it trying to kill the fish.

It is still quite dry out there as the rains have not started yet. It has been rather dry this winter. Water levels are still low.

I am including some photos and video taken out at Circle B that day. Video has segment of Great Blue with the Catfish and a close-up of the Pileated Woodpecker. Notice how he uses his tail to support himself.

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Here is the list from e-bird for that trip. (37 species total)

6
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
2
Mallard
20
Blue-winged Teal
4
Pied-billed Grebe
5
Double-crested Cormorant
4
Anhinga
2
Great Blue Heron
1
Great Egret
1
Little Blue Heron
2
Tricolored Heron
2
Cattle Egret
7
White Ibis
5
Glossy Ibis
2
Black Vulture
4
Turkey Vulture
5
Osprey
1
Bald Eagle
1
Red-shouldered Hawk
1
American Kestrel
10
Common Gallinule
25
American Coot
3
Limpkin
3
Sandhill Crane
1
Lesser Yellowlegs
1
Laughing Gull
2
Mourning Dove
2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
2
Pileated Woodpecker
1
Blue Jay
4
Tree Swallow
1
Carolina Wren
1
Magnolia Warbler
1
Palm Warbler
1
Savannah Sparrow
1
Northern Cardinal
5
Red-winged Blackbird
10
Boat-tailed Grackle

See more Birdwatching Adventures out at Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland, Florida.

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