The birds seemed unusually skittish. So I turned my attention to smaller creatures.
Scooter-birding at Big Talbot Island A couple of weeks ago, I took my Xooter scooter to the bicycle trail at Big Talbot Island (Jacksonville, FL). I parked at the trail’s mid-point lot and traveled south, a distance of roughly 2 miles (4 miles round-trip). I was eager to test my skills on this curving, meanderingContinue reading “Birding and the Xooter – The Paths Intersect”
Duval Audubon Society offers many outings to novice birders, and I soon found myself using their meet-ups to scope out parks and forests I’d never visited. I mainly wanted to know, was it safe? What if I went alone? But most places we went weren’t scary at all. Although a few were isolated, these wereContinue reading “Lost on the trail”
Sunday, I visited Spoonbill Pond at Big Talbot Island. At this particular park, one can log 30 or more species within a few hours’ time. The birds are accustomed to people, and often come close enough to photograph with a 30x optical-zoom camera. Spoonbill Pond abuts a beach and is separated from it by aContinue reading “Contact FWC for Wildlife Offenses in Florida”
Peeps are the little birds that dart along a shoreline. They often intermingle and look similar. They vary in size, but often only slightly. When identifying these birds, I look at the legs first, then bill length. KEY:Very short bill = tiny and chick-likeShort bill = less than the length of the headMedium bill =Continue reading “Winter Peeps in Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns County, FL”
When I began birding with Duval County Audubon Society (Florida), I expected an outing to be cancelled when the temperature fell below 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius). Instead, there was a large group eagerly anticipating the sighting of a rare bird – the Red-cockaded Woodpecker. When I saw photos of the group, I looked asContinue reading “Birding in Cold Weather”
How do you know when you’re hooked? You check the weather app every day – to see if tomorrow will be a good day for birding. What makes a good day? Temperature. Between 45 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (7.22-20 degrees Celsius) seems optimal. Most birds (and people) don’t like it too hot. No rain, ofContinue reading “Hooked on Birding”