Hi, Jen, Enjoyed that precious Cardinal and the close-ups of the Palmies. They came late last year and refused to come near here. The year before, when I crossed the street, I almost tripped over them. I do enjoy them. I hope the job search comes to fruition, that you have good birding and continue to join us.
DaLo, your numbers are great. took my 2012 county-tally to 179 species! Unbelievable! 🙂 81 FL species in the last 10 days! How many hours does this incredible achievement take?
Today was the first day I tried counting what I saw. It was fun, but I don’t know if I want to do it all the time I am out walking. Don’t always have this much time and the species seem to have a sameness, until one leaves or the numbers drop, others come or the numbers increase and then suddenly it’s more fun, again. Seriously, I do understand the purpose of eBird and the importance of which birds are where when and how that relates to our environment. And our enjoyment of our hobby.
I walked around the neighborhood in the morning, to a park next to the Bay, to a small park across from the park next to the Bay, to a run-off temporary pond next to a gas station, to a small retention pond across from the place where I keep my clothes. I found eighteen species. In the evening, I went to the Marina on the Bay. I saw five species there. Total of twenty three for the day. None of these species are any different than what I have seen throughout this month. As the weather cools, but this could take a month or two, more species will be seen regularly at the Marina and some irregularly. If I go to Gulfport Beach a couple times this month, I’ll pick up a few more species depending on what’s around that day or time of day. Maybe eight to ten more. I think that might be it this month and maybe November, too. Not too shabby considering this is just neighborhood stuff.
Starting in October, I guess I should have my Bay legs when the New Year rolls around and the count starts from there.
The coolest species I saw at the beach this month were Marbled Godwits, a pair of Oystercatchers, Semipalmated Plovers and a Ruddy Turnstone.
I think that might be it this month and maybe November, too. My photos lie in wait, too. -SLB