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Red Knot (JX3) seen in Hernando County!



Latest Crane Facts…

Goodbye Kentucky and hello Tennessee! Now at 569 miles gone, the Class of 2012 passed the halfway point in air miles Nov. 8 while en route to Carroll County, Tennessee. Last year they didn’t arrive at this stopover until Dec. 9! After four down-days with wind or rain, the outlook is promising for lifting off tomorrow—and reaching the final stop in Tennessee.

In more good news, five Direct Autumn Release (DAR) birds in the Class of 2012 are already in Florida—and they found their way without following experienced cranes! The sixth DAR crane is still with Sandhill Cranes in Wisconsin. Sixty-four other Whooping Cranes in the Eastern flock are still there too. ICF tracker Eva also reports 22 others of this flock were in Indiana, 2 in Alabama, 1 in Michigan, and 10 on migration at unknown locations.

This is an 1101-mile migration to St. Marks NWR in Florida.  [Text & picture from “Operation Migration”]



At the beginning of the year I promised myself that my goal for 2012 was to do at least one eBird checklist a day.  Some days I’ve done as many as 8, but usually it’s around 1 or 2.  Come rain or shine, hot or cold, busy or free, sick or healthy, tired or energetic, I absolutely must do at least one.  Today, I came very close to not making it!  Some “family stuff” got in the way (not interesting enough to type) so at 4:43pm it was looking like I was going to fall short.  However, my wonderful wife came to the rescue and dropped me off at the Jam Factory (see SLB’s earlier joke) and I managed a very poor, but genuine, 9 birds!  However, I wasn’t able to bring my camera, so for the first time in longer than I can remember, I didn’t take ANY photographs today – well, except this one…


Cuckoo Clocked

Ha ha!  SLB, you’re so right!  The very first cuckoo I saw, landed right in front of me on a wire, perfectly lit by the sun, no twigs or leaves in the way, a perfect picture.  I held up the camera, focuses, hit the shutter and “error”.  The bird flew away and the camera took a shot of a bare wire!


A-Men to all that, SLB!

Pigeon for Lunch!

SLB!  I love the fireman joke / truck, hilarious!

Jenn:  I can’t wait to see the Flycatcher pictures!

I got a tip-off today for the location of a YC Night-Heron, but it never showed up.  No matter, whilst hanging around for it I saw 5 manatees (two were babies), a pair of river otters, and a glorious sunset!

It’s good to be a Florida-Birdwatcher!  🙂

Good luck Jo!

Eek!  Commonwealth medicine!  As a Brit I can sympathize!

I believe the quote you gave was from the Charge of the Light Brigade.