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Friday, December 6, 2013

Clewiston Marina

I decided to go up on the levee on Lake Okechobee in Clewiston to have a little snack and see a few birds.  Nearly two hours and 64 species later, I packed it up.  "My" spot on top of the levee next across from the lake access canal, in the back of my truck is a great spot for a Big Sit.  Today's total was my highest, but I often get 50+ species in an hour.  There were a few misses today, I did not see Blue jay for instance.  It was a fun time.  The Brown pelicans, at least a few, acted as if they may be nesting out by the lake.  They did nest in that area in 1990 and again in 1991.  These days, most of the Brown pelicans on the lake in winter leave by summer.

Here is the eBird checklist:

Lake Okeechobee--Clewiston, Hendry, US-FL
Dec 6, 2013 3:57 PM - 5:52 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Standing in truck bed with truck. <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.6.3
63 species (+1 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) 10
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 1300
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 75
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) 60
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 35
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 35 25 on trees out by lake shore. 10 more flying over lake. Many adults ad immatures. Some may have been in nests? This species nested in the area many years ago (1990-91.). Most birds leave the lake by summer these days.
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) 1
Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) 6 Many calling in the marsh, especially near dusk.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 6
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 20
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 50
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) 10
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 30
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 8
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 2
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 175
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 17
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 7
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 20
Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis) 2
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 2
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
Sora (Porzana carolina) 6
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) 1 Heard one east of canal. First heard (by me) in this area this summer during the BBA.
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) 10
American Coot (Fulica americana) 200
Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) 2
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 9
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 2
shorebird sp. (Charadriiformes sp.) 30 Flying in the far distance along the lake. Looked gray and larger than LESA. Possibly dowitchers or Dunlin. Way too far to tell.
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 40
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 30
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) 1 RARE. Immature (FY) bird atop a light post opposite a RBFU. Larger than RBGU but not so much larger as HERG. More slender than HERG with very long wings. When the bird flew off, there was no pale 'panel' in the dark primaries. Bill was all dark and thinner than HERG. Possibly a county bird for me. They occur infrequently in the 'came fields east of the lake. I have not seen one on the lake before that I remember.
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 14
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri) 2
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type)) 41
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 6
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 33
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) 2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) 1
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 500
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 100
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 1
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 15
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 2
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 5
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 70
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 225
Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) 500

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15878307

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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