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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Nature Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival Day 2 again

Today was the second day of the festival, although it seems like the third.  We ran the same trip today as yesterday with much more success.  We were able to get on the Red-cockaded woodpeckers more quickly.  We eventually tracked down a Bachman's sparrow.  Summer tanager and Yellow-throated vireos made appearances.  The Burrowing owls were in the usual spot.  Bystre Lake was FANTASTIC!  We go the usual Limpkins.  White pelicans were more prevalent than yesterday.  We had time, so I scanned the grassy peninsula in the lake and got two Greater white-fronted geese!  A first for me in the county and perhaps a first ever in the county.  At least one other local birder got to see them today.  Along with the geese were a couple Black-necked stilts, also a county bird.  Got Merlin for a third county bird, two days in a row.  The boat trip was less birdy, but we still had incredible looks at Louisiana waterthrush.  Scrub jays were silent but present at Half Moon WMA.  The entire group was happy and tired and very quiet on the way back.

Tomorrow I look at RCW's in a different area and do some Breeding Bird Atlas training at Chinsegut Nature Center.

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