Florida Field Season Highlights

Anna FasoliBanding, Field Work, General News and Info, ScienceLeave a Comment

I’ve been in Florida for just about six months once again working for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and this is the first time I have ever spent an entire summer in Florida for an extended field season. The humidity is no joke down here; in late June I was sure that a slow death by dehydration was upon me. … Read More

Winter Rarities at Cape May Point SP

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, General News and Info, Listing, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports4 Comments

It isn’t much of a secret that Cape May Point State Park, at the southern tip of New Jersey, is one of the country’s top birding locations and rarity traps. Every winter something interesting turns up at the park and stays for a few days, weeks, or maybe even over-winters there. This winter, however, is totally off the charts! Besides … Read More

Fledglings of the Florida Scrub

Anna FasoliField Work, Science1 Comment

Over the past week I have put my kestrel duties on hold to help with Florida Scrub-Jay surveys in the Ocala National Forest. I haven’t spent very much time in the forest since handing jay training over to my co-worker in February, so I really enjoy any time I can get roaming through the scrub (chigger bites aside). Lately, it … Read More

Paynes Prairie SP – Sweetwater Dike

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, photo study, Photography, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

On January 5th I met up with Gainesville Birder Rex Rowan, to go birding along the Sweetwater Dike area of Paynes Prairie State Park. The Sweetwater Dike Trail is an offshoot of the well-known La Chua Trail. Rex and I met at 11:10am and began our hike. There had been an Ash-throated Flycatcher reported along the trail recently, so that … Read More

Starting off 2012 the Florida way….

Anna FasoliBig Days, Bird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Photography1 Comment

I managed to end my 2011 year list with 439 species, just a few short of my 2010 total. I added 20 species in the last week of the year alone, travelling from Pennsylvania through New Jersey, and down the Atlantic coast to Jacksonville, Florida.  Alex and I made a quick stop to see the Snowy Owl at Merrill Creek … Read More

White-eyed Vireo along the Lower Colorado River!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Field Work, General News and Info, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities, Research6 Comments

This morning, some of the other cuckoo researchers that I work with were attempting to capture one of our nesting cuckoos at our best cuckoo breeding site along the Lower Colorado River and accidentally captured a fantastic find for this area of the US; a White-eyed Vireo! The site they were at was on the Arizona side of the river in a … Read More