Category: wildlife

Red-shouldered Hawk

By Linda This Red-shouldered Hawk was hanging around the backyard on a rainy day recently.  If he was hoping to catch birds at the feeder, it might have been better to be less obvious! I was conducting a Climate Watch count today and noticed…

Climate Watch Bird Survey

By Linda Every time of year is wonderful in Florida.  In winter, you have birds visiting from the north.  In summer, the residents are raising young.  There is always something wonderful to see no matter the time of year.  We’ve also had whale sightings…

A Duck and a Horse

January 6, 2019 When we were scouting for the Matanzas Christmas Bird Count, we stopped to talk to a property owner to request permission to bird on his property.  He was very nice and gave us permission.  We chatted for a bit and the…

Thank Goodness for a Jeep

January 1, 2019 The Matanzas Christmas Bird Count is tomorrow and I agreed to lead the count in the Matanzas State Forest.  The person who usually does it was unable to do so.  I had never been to the Forest.  A permit is required…

Photo Contests

December 30, 2018 This year, I entered a few photo contests.  The biggest one I entered was the North American Nature Photographers Association annual photo competition.  The picture above placed in the top twenty in the Altered Reality category and in the top 100…

Clapper Rail

December 30, 2018 For a few years now, I’ve been hearing the sound of Clapper Rails in the salt marshes but never saw one.  I would try to sneak up on them on my kayak when I heard them, but they would become silent…

Snail Kite

By Linda December 26, 2018 I got back to Florida yesterday.  I drove from Maryland to Florida on Christmas Day and the traffic was very light most of the way.  It was most astonishing to me to drive in the Washington, D.C. area and…

Grackles

November 28, 2018 Yesterday, when I was taking pictures in the morning and jumped in the car to warm up, a Boat-tailed Grackle came to check out my camera and scope.  We were nicely entertained. This morning we went to St. Marks National Wildlife…

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

By Linda November 27, 2018 We arrived outside the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday afternoon.  We set up camp and left to visit the refuge and promptly got lost.  There aren’t that many roads around here to get lost.  I forgot the…

Next Stop

November 24, 2018 While Regis did most of the packing for the short camping trip we are leaving on tomorrow, I went birding.  It was a great deal for me. We are headed to see the St. Mark’s Wildlife Refuge.  We should be able…