While surveying the Indrio Savannahs for insect life this Florida Scrub-Jay showed up looking for a handout. Sadly, all the Scrub-Jays I encountered did the same thing. Not too surprising considering all the people I saw that morning with bags of peanuts feeding these birds. An activity that is illegal and unhealthy for the birds but I guess people just don’t care.
Remembering the 3 June 2013 monthly bird survey at the Indian River Club. Wondering what going on the bird count is like? Click to watch this time lapse video and find out. A juvenile Osprey seen shortly after sunrise while driving to the Indian River Club. The bird was forlornly perched atop a auto garage sign. Note the white-fringed brown feathers and the reddish eyes indicative of a juvenile Osprey. The male Florida Scrub-Jay at the Indian River Club is […]
A morning hike around the Indrio Savannahs Preserve in St. Lucie County turned out to be a bust. Not only were there few to no birds, but what birds there were kept to the deep shadows or were silhouetted against the Sun. Florida heating up into summer never portends well for bird sightings or photography. I did not have to work at finding any Florida Scrub-Jays. They found me. But they coyly kept out of the light. Lots of Red-bellied […]
Photos from a walk through the South Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) scrub with Janice Broda and Sam the dog. The South ORCA property is a good example of why wildfires are so important in keeping the rapidly fading Florida scrub healthy as a habitat evolved through thousands of years of periodic, lightning-induced fire now denied. Rather than being an open, vibrant community of fire tolerant plants and animals, including the Florida Scrub-Jay, this is an overgrown miasma of indulgent […]
The monthly bird count for April 2015 at the Indian River Club with Joe Carroll and Roz James was done partially in the rain and mostly under cloudy skies leading to some disappointing images, though the birds did not seem to be cooperating too much either. The happy surprise was finding that the Great Horned Owl family from last month’s bird count was doing well with the added bonus of finding that the family had an extra baby owl that […]
A small group of Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) volunteers paid a Sunday visit to the Archbold Biological Station near the exotically named town of Venus that lies up along the Lake Wales Ridge that runs down central Florida. Established in 1941, the Station owns 8,840-acres of relict sandy dunes, scrub habitat, pine flatwoods, and a small lake. The Station’s stated goal is to research “population ecology and conservation biology, emphasizing ecological changes over local and regional scales, and demographic […]
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A photo gallery of images from the March bird count at the Indian River Club enlivened by the discovery of a family of Great Horned Owls. Here one of the Great Horned Owls returns with what might have been a rabbit to feed its two owlets. One of the two owlets. The second owlet. This one was a bit more reclusive, keeping mostly out of sight. The Great Horned Owl brings breakfast over to the two owlets. The Great Horned […]