Birdwatching at Circle B Bar Reserve – 10/26/13

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) by Lee at Circle B

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)

Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power. (Psalms 21:13 KJV)

Had a very productive hour and 40 minute trip to Circle B Bar Reserve Saturday afternoon enjoying the Lord’s creation. The birds are definitely heading back down. After a sparse summer, things are starting to get interesting once more.

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) by Lee at Circle B

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) by Lee at Circle B

We haven’t been out there for a while and was a little disappointed in the viewing. It rained considerably this summer and the plants have really grown up making it hard to see the water birds. Even with that, to see 34 species in just under 2 hours is not bad.

Alligator about 8 ft by Lee at Circle B

Alligator about 8 ft by Lee at Circle B

We were greeted with the sounds of the Blue Jays, Carolina Wrens and an Eastern Phoebe. Also, an Armadillo was walking right along the path to the marsh. Later, I spotted about an 8 foot alligator. Those and the normal squirrels were the only, non-birds I saw.

One of the highlights was seeing five Bald Eagles flying over. Two in one group and three in the other. We had just seen an Eagle on Friday down in Lake Wales. I love seeing Eagles.

American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) by Lee at Circle B

American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) by Lee at Circle B

In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah. (Psalms 44:8 KJV)

Two White Ibises landed in one of the trees when we first arrived. With the sun behind them, they remind you of Angel’s Wings. As you can see by the second photo the tree was being loaded up for the night when we passed it on the way out. That is one of the favorite “roosting” places at Circle B.

American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) by Lee at Circle B

American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) and friends

I am including a slideshow to give you an idea of how it was out there. The photography is not the best, but you can tell what the birds are at least. Dan doesn’t have his photos ready.

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Here is a list of what I reported to e-Bird:

Circle B Bar Reserve, Polk, US-FL
Oct 26, 2013 3:45 PM – 5:25 PM
Traveling – 2.5 mile(s)
Clear 79 degrees
34 species
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  15
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Wood Stork  17
Anhinga  5
Great Blue Heron  7
Great Egret  6
Snowy Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  1
Tricolored Heron  1
Cattle Egret  5
White Ibis  88
Glossy Ibis  2
Black Vulture  40
Turkey Vulture  37
Osprey  2
Bald Eagle  5
Purple Gallinule  4
Common Gallinule  6
Limpkin  4
Sandhill Crane  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  2
Fish Crow  5
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Gray Catbird  1
Palm Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Boat-tailed Grackle  10

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