"Under a bluebird sky, a crowd has gathered with bins and scopes....." Ok so my improvised version of U2's New Year's day went completely over y'alls heads, right? Except maybe Mike Hodgkin!
Anyways, Maisie was feeling much better this morning and came with me to Lake Henrietta for Apalachee Audubon's monthly birding social. The social is basically a bunch of birders getting together for a stroll, a chat and to look at some birds. Nothing too serious you know, dude-ish perhaps, but fun! Of course it's these sort of birding events that turn up the odd birds and today was no exception. By the end of the walk we had slowed down to a gentle amble. Ed and Gene had decided to go look for Winter Wren's and the rest of us enjoyed a soaring Red-tailed Hawk that had a hungry look in his eye. Beware Squirrels! Anyway, as we were looking at the hawk, a few Turkey Vultures glided over with this handsome fella behind them.
|Sandhill Crane - Only my 6th Leon County record|
The Red-tailed Hawk showed very well and I managed a few pictures.
Other noteworthy records included Hoded Merganser, Bufflehead, Northern Shoveler, Belted Kingfisher, Wilson's Snipe and a Forster's Tern. A few of us stopped at Church's Chicken Pond on the way home and there were more ducks there including a few Ruddies.