Birdwatching at Circle B Reserve – June 8

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) Preening at Circle B

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) Preening at Circle B

We took about an hour and a half to check out Circle B Bar Reserve again today. It was partly cloudy and around 81 degrees when we arrived. We managed to see or hear 31 species. Not bad. We had all that rain from Tropical Storm Andrea and thought maybe it would help bring in some birds. It was still pretty dry out there, but the weeds and growth sure had enjoyed all that rain we had.

Since most of our winter birds have left, we were happy with what we saw. Some of the delights and surprises were catching a video of a Carolina Wren singing right in front of us as we got out of the car. Was surprised to see 25 White Pelicans this time of the year. They went by in 3 squadrons.

By them the birds of the heavens have their home; They sing among the branches. (Psalms 104:12 NKJV)

Also, finally got a photo of the Tufted Titmouse that I have heard out there but never was able to get a glimpse of. Heading back to the car, a Swallow-tailed Kite flew over. All in all it was great. Now? It has been raining for the last 5 or 6 hours. Good thing we were there early.

Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) at Circle B

Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) at Circle B

Species Count
Wood Stork 4
Anhinga 1
American White Pelican 25
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 1
Tricolored Heron 2
Cattle Egret 10
White Ibis 2
Glossy Ibis 4
Black Vulture 20
Turkey Vulture 5
Osprey 1
Swallow-tailed Kite 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Common Gallinule 5
Limpkin 2
Sandhill Crane 2
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 3
Fish Crow 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Boat-tailed Grackle 20

Update on the eye situation – I got the “All is well” for the 6-months checkup on my retina surgery and now I am scheduled June 19th to see the Eye Doctor who will do the cataract surgery. I am praying that it will be done by the end of the month. It was quite blurry out birding today.

I was using my camera as my eyes. I could tell there was something on a tree, but had no clear idea of what it was until viewed through the viewfinder and with my camera zoomed in. Hey! You do what you have to do to be able to enjoy birdwatching. And I did. The Lord let me see all of these neat birds today.


Birdwatching Trips – Circle B

Wordless Birds


4 thoughts on “Birdwatching at Circle B Reserve – June 8

  1. Hi, Lee, I hope your eye is healing nicely under the Great Physician’s care!

    I wanted to thank you for this post because I’ve noticed the same bird song for weeks (our backyard is next to a protected wetlands) and couldn’t get a good look at our little singer. Your video of the Carolina Wren cleared up the mystery. Thanks! Now if only I can get a look at him before he flies off. I’ll try to be sneakier.


  2. I would call that a remarkably successful day! And isn’t it interesting that the camera can bring you a picture clearly that your eye cannot pick up accurately due to the cataract? It made me think about how ingenious the creation of the camera is, and that caused me to start thinking about how gracious and generous God is to impart so much of Himself into us humans — including the ability to think of and create a piece of equipment that will do all the things a camera will do. This ability to create things — cameras, paintings, novels, computers, etc — is one of the most precious gifts of all.

    I loved the video of the Wren. I could watch that over and over. I’m so glad you were able to capture such a lengthy piece of footage. Great work, you two!


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