Sunday, April 20, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Lots of migrants arriving. The woods are full of Hermit Thrush, Golden Crowned Kinglets, Brown Creepers, and Flickers. From what I can tell there are still 6+ Snowy Owls around on the Island. One bird is definitively them same bird that has been on the causeway all winter. The others possible birds moving though on their way back to the arctic.
The meeting of spring and winter, Redwing Blackbird and Snowy Owl.
A Red Fox den at the Salisbury Reserve has received quite a bit of attention. I stopped by to see the Kits who were adorable. On my second visits to the den I found it mobbed by photographers. I went to the marsh side to view an owl I noticed, there I found one of the fox adults trying to figure out how to reach the den through the crowd to bring in some prey. Personally I don't think I will go to the den again, clearly a lot of stress on the parents.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
What a beautiful day today, spring was here. Incredible push of Kestrels on the Island, I had 26 birds without putting in a lot of effort. Also a good number of Yellow-rumped Warblers in Newbury. Other highlights were; 3 Osprey (FOY), 4 Snowy Owls, and a Short-eared Owl. I snapped a few pictures, but mainly I was just birding today.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Thanks to the Morris clan we started off the adventure in Key West, it was awesome. Lots of reveling. Took an amazing day trip out to the Dry Tortugas. The Tortugas are about 60-70 miles off the Florida Keys. It is major nesting site for Sooty Terns, Brown Noddy, Magnificent Frigate Birds, and Bridled Tern. I spent the day exploring Fort Jefferson and watching / logging some life birds.
Ruddy Turnstone, dominant shorebird on the island. Doubt I'll be getting this close on Plum.
We went with a guide up the Monkey River seeing TONS of birds, Howler Monkeys, and even a few Manatees .
There was also a Crocodile milling around the fort...so that was cool and unnerving.
I learned also in Key West every time you hear a sound in the bushes...a herd of Chickens charge out. Here 2 Roosters proceed to chase each other in circles while Tina and I watch in bewilderment.
Next we flew from Florida to Belize City, and from there took a puddle jumper to Plancencia. We stayed at the Green Parrot an awesome spot right on the beach recommended by Whitney and Brian. We got hooked up by Leo the manager, and went out with some great guides. The birding in Belize lived up to its infamy, birds everywhere from the second we touched down.
Blue Gray Tanager
Here we have the Plum Island snorkel tag team at Laughing Bird Kaye National Park. It was an amazingly healthy reef, very well protected by a full time live in ranger, well done Belize. Incredible to explore, like swimming through a forest. At any rate, great trip we were sad to go back to the frozen north.
Pretty strait forward on this one...