A rather somber-looking Northern Mockingbird seen at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday morning. Famed for their mimicry of calls by other bird species, this individual was rather quiet.
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 […]
You would think this is about birds but there was only this lone Northern Mockingbird making himself easy to see on a December Saturday visit to Bok Tower Gardens. The inviting entrance barely bespeaks the preponderant plant potpourri inside. Florida’s Spanish heritage comes out in the architecture. Enter the well-stocked gift shop and plant store through the doors at right. Heavenly victuals await the weary visitor to the Blue Palmetto Cafe. Don’t expect things to look exactly like this in […]
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 Northern Mockingbird watches the birders at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. This is one of my favorite birds. Even the Mockingbird’s scientific name Mimus polyglottos, which translates to “many-tongued mimic”, celebrates its ability to imitate almost endlessly the songs of other birds. A trait I am able to enjoy in my backyard almost year round.
There is no heating in the golf cart so it was a cold sunrise out on the golf course at the Indian River Club for the November bird count with Joe Carroll and Susan Boyd. First off, a series of images show the futile attempts of a Northern Mockingbird to drive an American Kestrel out of its territory. Sadly, the light was terrible for what would have been a great series of images with the proper lighting. Seeing the two […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: American Kestrel, Common Ground-Dove, Florida, Florida Scrub-Jay, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Indian River Club, Indian River County, Northern Mockingbird, River Otter, Sandhill Crane, Scrub-Jay, Tricolored Heron, Vero Beach