Trip Sarasota Celery Fields
Participants 21--Including people from S. Dakota and Tampa as well as WPAS
Species 52--Including Thousands of Tree
Sparrows and Hundreds of Glossy Ibis.
This was a very popular trip. It was well worth the 1&1/2 trip.
Ducks--Mallard,Mottled,Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked, Lesser Scaup, &
Pelicans& related--American White, Brown, Double-crested Cormorant,Anhinga
Herons & Ibis-- Great Blue,GreatEgret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue,
Tricolored, Cattle Egret,
White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork
Vultures& Raptors-- Black & Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Bald Eagle ( mature
Red-shouldered Hawk, Am. Kestrel, Peregrin Falcon
Rail, Limpkin & Crane--Common Moorhen, Am. Coot, Limpkin, Sandhill Crane
(flock of 20)
Sandpipers-- Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Greater Yellowlegs, Long-billed
Flocks) Wilson's Snipe
Gulls--Laughing and Ring billed Gull, Forster's Tern
Crow-- American Crow
Swallow--Tree Swallow, a few Purple Martins ( SURPRISE OF THE DAY!)
Warblers-- Yellow-rumped and Palm
Sparrows-- Savannah and Swamp
Blackbirds-- Red-winged Blackbird, Boat-tailed and Common Grackles
Everyone enjoyed this trip even though it was very cold and quite windy.
I believe the list would have been longer if the weather had been
better. Aggy Condon
Aggy Condon & I went out to check Trinity area for birds this
morning, hoping for Roseate Spoonbills. No luck with those, but a fun
time anyway, with all the waders except Tri-color, plenty of Black
Vultures, Sandhill Crane families, E. Meadowlarks, Swallowtail Kite,
Wood Stork, and a few others, including several tireless Mockingbirds
chasing Crows, Vultures, and anyone else perceived as a threat.
Highlights were a very visible and cooperative singing Bobwhite
(photos), and a family of L. Shrikes (photo of one of the
juveniles). I took the long way home along Trouble Creek, and
spotted a family of 6 E. Bluebirds on wires by the big Baptist church
west of Rowan. Pulled in and followed them to some trees. Here's a shot
of one of the blue males. Still not as sharp as I would like, so I've
got more to learn about my camera.
All in all, a good birding day for late July.
Photos: Northern Bobwhite 1, Bobwhite 2, Loggerhead Shrike, Eastern Bluebird
Jan 4, 2009 - Mike Kell - I took a ride this
morning with Barbra Walker of Pinellas eagle watch as she wanted to see some
places in Pasco County.
wound up at crews lake to survey for possible future eagle nests.
None seen there but there was a flock of 27 Glossy Ibis, 38 Sand Hill
Cranes, Hooded Mergansers, Mottled Ducks, Buffleheads, Ringnecked Ducks
on the Lake (uh er tiny ponds.) Also on the shore
were Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. On the way home we were
coming down Moon Lake road along side Ventanna and spotted an Eagle down low
being chased by Osprey and Crows.This may be my best Eagle photograph
Dec 20 2008 Mike Kell -- After a foggy start the sun came out and did not
deter the nine Audubon members who saw 63 species and literally
thousands of birds. Near Trinity College we came across a cloud
Swallows swarming like large bees. Highlites of the
day include Green winged teal, seven glossy ibis, Eastern Meadowlark
and Wilson's snipe. See Aggy's trip report.
All in all a great outing and a good chilli lunch!
Later Laurie and I went to moon
lake to catch the Bonapart
Gulls and on the way home into Ventanna for the Bufflehead Ducks
Dec 2, 2008 Ken Tracey
-- Out at Green Key this morning a lone
plover caught my eye. When I finally got close enough for
these photos I was struck by it's small size, golden hue, and it's
call. Three Semipalmated Plovers were between us and as they called the
larger plover returned almost the exact same call. It was
determined to be a Golden Plover.
Nov 26, 2008
A quick ride around the neighborhood this afternoon produced the
following ducks in local ponds.
86 Hooded Merganser
14 Blue-winged Teal
14 Pied-billed Grebe
10 American Coot
8 American Wigeon
4 Green-winged Teal
2 Lesser Scaup
The Franklin's Gull has not made an appearance for the last 2 days that
I know of.
Photo shows unusual color of 4
Mallards. Pure black! These have been around for
about 1 year now.
Nov 22, 2008
Mike Kell --
Hawk at HWY 19 and Gulf Blvd. Saw Imm
Eagle fly over
there Thursday same spot. This morning had a Shinned Tail
chasing the Redwinged Blackbirds in back yard.
Dave Gagne --
Broad-winged Hawk New
Port Richey - This afternoon at 3:40 PM I observed the
Broad-winged Hawk, (first seen on Thursday morning on my neighbor's
antenna!) circling over my neighborhood on Limerick Ave in New Port
Richey!! This bird has very distinct barring below the
on the upper part of the breast. Hopefully it will stick
another 6 weeks for the CBC (wishful thinking?)
Ken Tracey -- I have
attached Nelson's Sharp-tailed photo
from this morning; F.O.S. for me.
Although Jim, David, and I tried for the Franklin's Gull this morning
we could not find it. This afternoon at 2:30pm I did relocate it. (Note
location; in back of Sunset Bay Club apartments off Rowan 1 block north
of Hwy 54.)
The ponds also have more ducks then before. IE;
6 Blue-winged Teal
Nov 20, 2008 Ken Tracey
-- Murray Gardler and I found a Redhead Duck at
the Beall's ponds and F.O.S. Common
Loon at Gulf Harbors.
Nov 13, 2008 Ken Tracey
found a Baffle
headed Duck on Beall's pond. Mike Kell drove by later but the
Duck had moved on, just the eleven Ring Necked Ducks for winter
Nov 12, 2008 Murray
Gardler and Ken Tracey spotted a Franklin's
Gull at Beall's Pond. Calls to Mike Kell and Bill
Pranty soon had a bird outing. One lone Franklin
among several laughin gulls and a few Ring Billed
Nov 2 Ken
Tracey -- Yesterday morning Jim McKay and I had a
Seaside Sparrow at Green Key. This is an apparent wanderer from their
southern nesting limit 2 1/2 miles to the north at the Salt Springs
Bayou in Port Richey.
This morning Jim and I had the following sparrows along Hwy 54 near
Gunn Hwy intersection;
Savannah, Swamp, Grasshopper, Chipping, Vesper, Photo
Nov 2 2008 Dave Gagne --Since I
aaven't seen any reports of American Robin yet, I'll post this sighting
as 1 American Robin moving south this morning in New Port
Also seen over my yard was the Short-tailed Hawk (Light
that has been seen since May.
Oct 19, 2008 Ken Tracey -
I went on a 5 mile walk to see what was new in the salt marsh along
Pasco coast this morning. A Northern Mockingbird was doing a pretty
good imitation of a Black Rail call and FOS birds were; Swamp Sparrows,
Northern Harrier, and Sedge Wren.
Most impressive were the high numbers of Marsh Wrens. Some were
obviously northern migrants, but approx. half appeared to be local
Marian's subspecies with their light gray chest with dark gray back. At
one group of mangroves I went in to, 4 Marian's and two chestnut/buff
colored northern wrens flew in as I pished. They then went into a
strange chatter display response that included the one Marian's in the photo
that has it's tail held over the top of it's head?
Some of the birds found;
House Wren 12, Marsh Wren 32, Sedge Wren
1, Clapper Rail 6, Sora
Rail 3, Common Yellowthroat
18, Palm Warbler 6, Prairie Warbler 1, Northern
Waterthrush 5, Yellow Warbler 1, Seaside
Sparrow 9, Swamp Sparrow 3, Tree
Swallow 1, Northern Harrier 2, Merlin 2,
Red-tailed Hawk 3, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Cooper's
Hawk 1, Caspian Tern 1, Indigo Bunting 2
2008 Mike Kell - Thursday Oct 9th
Laurie and I drove over to
Anclote Pier Park and took our first walk on the boardwalk over to
Park. We concluded
it is an excellent addition to both parks..
The Anclote Park parking lot and picnic area had Killdeer
The tree in the dog
run area was full of Monk Parakeets.
Going to the North end of the picnic
area(opposite end from the pier),
you will find the new boardwalk. The first part of the
boardwalk runs near the
road and crosses a drainage ditch and we found several Cardinals, Red
Woodpeckers and Catbirds there. I
first Red Bellied with a true Red Belly as red as his head. Later the
boardwalk turns and
heads toward gulf and connects
with the existing Key Vista boardwalk.
We found an Osprey and a Bald
eagle sitting in trees overlooking the
gulf on the older Key Vista part of boardwalk.
Both were less than 50 yards from boardwalk. We almost missed the Eagle
sitting in under
the foliage of a Pine tree. Tide was high, so only one
willet and a few
laughing gulls at the pier.
2008 Ken Tracey -I saw my first
Baird's Sandpiper down at Honeymoon Island Friday. Photo
Sept 3, 2008 Ken Tracey -
Prarie Waeblers on Green Key Photo
2008 Ken Tracey -Here is a photo
that shows a comparison of Eastern and Western Willets. The bird on the
left is a Eastern I just photo'd on the salt barrens in West Pasco, the
bird on the right is Western Willet at Green Key in May. Both are in
I now realize that the differences in these sub-species of Willets are
as striking as the differences in Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs.
I intend to take a closer look at our wintering Willets because all the
birds I have been seeing along the coast have probably been Western
May 30, 2008 West Pasco sightings;
Possible nesting Yellow-billed Cuckoo seen on small wooded tract just
north of Hudson Ave. We were reviewing property for Pasco Environmental
Lands purchase. I found Northern Rough-winged Swallows nesting in
concrete debris at plant in Hudson. Photo
Short-tailed Hawk, dark morph, dove at Mourning Dove on electric wire
in River Crossing; it missed and then as it soared upward a
Red-shouldered Hawk flew out of cypress stand to protect its territory.
May 29, 2008 Ken
Tracey - All the bird activity at Green key this morning was about
White-winged Doves. Photo
Two birds were in full song south of the causeway in the mangroves
while two others perched on the wires along the causeway. At the end of
the parking lot another two White-winged Doves were singing in the
mangroves and palm trees while another dove watched from the wire. It
then landed on the parking lot and one of the singing birds landed next
to it and passed it something with it's bill. Male, female interaction
I assume. Then they went out on the beach. This mornings
observation could indicate possible nesting out at the key; or maybe
they just were having a beach day?
May 29, 2008 Maria
Valentine -A Swallow Tail Kite ( photo) was
soaring over the Clear Lake. Mike Kell saw one soaring with
vultures over Plathe and Rowan also. L. Kell spotted two near
May 14, 2008 Ken
Tracey - Green Key Results. There were some warblers flying through the
"Funnel", but the numbers and species were disappointing. For a while
it looked like we might have more birders than
101 Warblers came through, Identified;
56 Blackpoll, 3
Common Yellowthroat, 2 Cape May
2 American Redstart,
2 Prairie, 1
Black-and-white, 1 Black-throated Blue
11 Bobolink, 1 Chipping Sparrow
We did locate 2 White-rumped Sandpipers south of Trouble Creek.
May 8, 2008 Ken Tracey - At a small Port Richey Park,
Brasher, I found this Clapper Rail perched in a tree, (Black Mangrove).
May 8, 2008 Ken
Tracey - At several coastal sites in West Pasco Semipalmated Sandpipers
have been found. Webbing between the toes, on this one I
found on a small salt barren, may be a good field mark. Photo
May 1, 2008 Ken
Tracey - Great flight of warblers, 857, flew over the count site this
168 Blackpoll, 20 Palm, 8
Prairie, 8 Northern Waterthrush
20 Cape May, 15 Black-throated Blue, 34
American redstart, 2 Black-and-white
1 Ovenbird, 4 Northern Parula,
2 Common Yellowthroat
12 Barn Swallow, 12 Gray Catbird,
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1 Veery, 88 Bobolink
2008 Ken Tracey - Besides a good flight of warblers, 301, a
record number of Bobolinks flew over the count site. 468 is a one day
record for the Funnel and is also higher than any other years spring
26 Blackpoll, 19 Palm,
11 Prairie, 8
6 Cape May, 4 Black-throated
Blue, 3 American redstart
2 Black-and-white, 1 Ovenbird,
1 Black-throated Green
2 Barn Swallow, 17 Gray Catbird,
1 Merlin, 2 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Veery, 1 Gray-checked Thrush,
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds,
2 Eastern Kingbird
Whitish form of Northern Waterthrush
2008 Ken Tracey - Strong north winds this morning at the
funnel meant few warblers, 15 total. 1 Amer. Redstart, 3 Northern
Waterthrush and 5 Prairie Warblers were ID'd.
Thrushes that came in with the passing front last night were feeding
along the road;
6 Veery. 2 Swainson's,
Other migrants were moving in off the Gulf ;
21 Barn Swallow, 9 Gray Catbird,
1 Merlin, 1 Orchard
1 Red-eyed Vireo, 1
Yellow-throated Vireo, 2 Ruby-throated
Attached photos; Cape May Warbler feeding on insects on Silk Oak
blossoms in Beacon Woods development, photo1
Vireos and Thrushes from
Green Key photo2, photo3
2008 Ken Tracey - From 6:25am to 8:45am, 1197 warblers flew
past the count point.
141 Blackpoll, 53 Cape may, 41
Black-throated Blue, 15
15 Prairie, 12 Palm, 12
Common Yellowthroat, 11 Black-and-white
4 Northern Parula, 4 Northern
Waterthrush, 3 Ovenbird
1 Black-throated Green,
1 Cerulean* ID comfirmation
needed, see photo
15 Bobolink, 2 Barn Swallow,
32 Gray Catbird, 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
4 Indigo Bunting, 1 Tree Swallow
April 23, 2008 Ken Tracey -Green
Key Funnel 4-24-08, 3 Kingbird species were at the Funnel this morning,
all landed on the same electirc wire,
at different times, Western, Eastern, and Gray. Warblers and other
migrants were slow. Photo
From 6:15am to 8:15am, 101 warblers flew past the count point.
17 Blackpoll, 1 Cape may, 12
Palm , 1 Black-and-white,
1 Northern Parula, 2 Northern
Waterthrush, 1 Black-throated Blue
12 Bobolink, 1 Barn Swallow,
10 Gray Catbird, 1 Eastern
Kingbird, 2 Gray Kingbird, 1
A Common Loon and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers are still hanging around.
The one Whimbrel is now 2.
April 23, 2008 Ken Tracey - Warblers and other migrants showed
up this morning at the "Funnel", along Green Key Road in West Pasco.
From 6:20am to 8:10am, 352 warblers flew past the count point. Photo.
38 Blackpoll, 13 Cape may,
Palm, 7 Black-throated Blue,
2 Northern Parula, 1 Louisiana
28 Bobolink, 17 Barn
Swallow, 3 Gray Catbird, 1
White-eyed Vireo, 1 Swamp Sparrow
2008 Ken Tracey - For the last couple of days A
Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, 3 - 4 Lesser Yellows, 1 Greater
Yellowlegs, 2 Least sandpiper have been at a temporary pond at the
corner of a pasture south of Mitchell High School Road off Little Road
in West Pasco. Jim McKay notified me of these birds.
Also seen there;
4 Black-necked Stilt, 4-6 Glossy Ibis, 100+ Barn Swallow, 20 Bank
4 Eastern Kingbird, 1 Savannah Sparrow, 1 Eastern Meadowlark
Attached photo of Solitary & Lesser
2008 Ken Tracey - I went on a survey with biologist this
morning on the salt barrens at the Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State
1 Ornate Diamondback Terrapin Photo
4 Eastern Willets (indicating possibly 3 nesting
11 Wilson's Plover (7 males may indicate 7 nesting
50+ Black-bellied Plovers (large flocks
use barrens each spring) Photo
Many singing Seaside Sparrows
2 Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows
Many Swamp Sparrows
2008 Ken Tracey This morning 4 Bobolinks (F.O.S.)
flew over the Green Key Funnel location. The only interesting warbler
out of an unexpected slow morning (39 warblers), was a Blackpoll
Spring of 2006 was the record year for Bobolinks at the Funnel with 443
counted from 4/28/06 to 5/12/06.
2008 Ken Tracey - This morning at the north end of
Werner-Boyce State Park in Pasco, I found a few migrants. (photo)
April 1, 2008 Ken Tracey - Found this banded Florida
Scrub-Jay along Old Dixie Hwy next to the Sea Pines
Of the 19 jays banded in West Pasco in 2004 & 2005 by Archbold,
this is jay Pink/Silver - Green/Blue, #1573-97691, banded
2/17/2005. This bird has remained at the exact spot it was
caught and banded.
Also I got a comparison
photo of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs
at the golf course this afternoon in West
March 2008 Ken Tracey - Our winter effort to get hummingbirds into our
back yards with feeders out was not very successful. Fran had one at
her yard in early December, but none after that. We did get one
hummingbird report for our CBC along the river in New Port Richey and
Dorothy in Beacon Woods had several in late December, but she had no
Good news! The spring season for hummers has started already with
reports from Maria, Agnes, and one in my own backyard yesterday and
today. Clean out those feeders and put in some new nectar. You will see
a hummingbird any day now.
Mar 5, 2008 Ken Tracey
-- I took a photo
of an Orange-crowned Warbler at Green Key this morning. This
is the first time I taken photos showing the orange in it's crown!
March 4, 2008 Ken Tracey I had 4 Florida Prairie
singing in the mangroves along Sand Bay, in West Pasco this morning.
I enticed one to come in close as I snapped some photos. The first photo
shows the back on the warbler with no chestnut markings which would be
expected on a breeding male. The Peterson Field Guides "Warblers" does
state that paludicola
'has the chestnut markings on the back more restricted". The second photo
shows the bird singing, which it decided to do approx. 12 inches from
my elbow, which of course was to close for the camera to focus on.
March 3, 2008 A couple weeks
ago Rick spotted the eagles' nest on Bailies Bluff Rd. and also the
nest at the power plant. I was eager to see the eagles so we went there
today with our granddaughter, Amber. The photos at the power plant
weren't good, but we saw the two eaglets out of the nest on branches of
the nest tree.
I had better luck at Bailies Bluff. The adult eagle was
perched on a branch above the nest with the two eaglets in
it. I'm enclosing a photo of
that and also a decent closeup I got of the baby eagles in the nest.
Feb 27, 2008 Ken Tracey -
West Pasco birds the last 3 days;
1. Gull-billed Tern - this morning at
Green Key, hiding in the mob of skimmers and gulls as 30 mile-per-hour
winds kept birds down on beach.
Sparrow - one of 4 at Grassy lake at Starkey Park Monday; it
thought it was well hidden.
Gannet - at Sea Ranch condos at Hudson Beach yesterday; photo
by Barb Van Welden.
4. Short-tailed Hawks - one dark morph at Grassy Lake, Starkey Park,
Monday, chased by Red-shouldered Hawk - one dark morph at intersection
of Rowan and Trouble Creek Rd Tuesday, soaring with 2 Black Vultures.
Feb 6, 2008 Ken Tracey - An Eastern
cooperated for a few photos down at the West
Pasco Industrial Park, but I was surpised at not finding any sparrows.
Feb 3,2008 Ken Tracey - After finding 5 Seaside Sparrows and 7 Nelson's
Sharp-tailed Sparrows in the state park in Pasco this morning, I went
over to Starkey park this afternoon and re-found the 3
Grasshopper Sparrows at Grassy Lake that I have seen there for the last
3 days. Composite photo
of today's Grasshoppers.
Jan 31 Mike Kell
have returned to Tidewater Rd and starting the pair up and nest site
selection. 22 Wood Storks have been counted here.
Jan 30 Maria Valentine
Nesters are arriving and jostling for sites at the Embassy Crossing
Rookery. Today I saw 8 Wood Storks (photo),
several Great Egrets—one pair already staked out the single
small low cypress tree on north and were building; male of another pair
was displaying madly. She apparently wasn’t too impressed and
flew off to check out someone else; 20 or so Snowy Egrets, several
Little Blues, including at least 2 white morphs, 1 Anhinga,
Common Moorhens, Kingfisher, Shrike.......3 turtles.....one
photographer....5 other human observers. Looks like the birds are going
to be OK even with the construction next door.
Jan 22, 2008 Ken Tracey -
As 53 Palm Warblers were passing through the "Funnel" this morning at
Green Key from 7:00am to 8:00am, an America Redstart was noted. Also
the first Glossy Ibis for the Key was also found along with a House
Wren and 30 Tree Swallows.
Spring is around the corner!
Jan. 21, 2008.
Maria Valentine. Ann, Eileen, Jan, and I did the 3-mile Loop
Starkey this morning. Best sighting was an Eastern Towhee on the trail.
Also seen: cardinals, pine warblers, one prairie warbler, many American
robins, tufted titmice, turkey vultures, bluejays, downy and
red-bellied woodpeckers, Carolina chickadees, mourning doves, and a
single dark sparrow foraging on the ground, which we couldn’t
Heard but not seen were catbirds, American crow, and goldfinches.
Jan 12 2008 Ken Tracey
-Warbler sightings continued today when I stopped at Starkey Park at
11:00 am. In a large mob of birds moving past the center's boardwalk, I
found a male Black-throated Green Warbler. The mob also included
numerous Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadees, Yellow-throated,
Black-and-white, Pine, Palm, and Yellow-rumped Warblers, along with 3
Blue-headed Vireo and 4 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
Jan 1, 2008
Mike Kell A New Year’s day trip to Veterans park
was an nice afternoon outing today.
It was gray and dreary on Tidewater RD
with cloud cover and windy. But driving north to Hudson Ave
drove us out from under the clouds.
We walked the south perimeter of the park and
caught a couple unusual birds.
Down just past the pump house we jumped a Snipe. A grebe and
moorhen were on the lake.
A couple of Red shouldered hawks in an old dead tree. Then a
little farther back along the lake we saw a pair of eastern bluebirds.
And while we were looking at the Bluebirds suddenly there appears a
At this point I realize the reason the camera isn’t taking
pictures is because it has no memory card. There is one in
the car way back in the parking lot.
There are numerous palm and yellow rumps in the trees.
We head back to the main building and the car looking for a
restroom. A Kestrel is on the light poles.
No restrooms open. We get in car and drive down to gas
station at corner of Hicks Rd
Ave. I get some of
that gourmet coffee Paul had on our recent field trip. Rested
we go back to the park.
We come back and park on the north side and walk that fence
line. But a Red Shouldered is carrying on and flying around
over that pond there. I notice now the battery in my camera
is low. The spare is in the car of course.
We heard parakeets but never saw them. I did see a shrike and
some mourning doves but think the Hawk put all the little guys under
Beautiful day for a walk in our long pants and
Happy New Year
Dec 31 20074:00 pm Mike Kell A pair of Black
Hooded Parakeets were on the wire across from the Tarpon Springs Golf
driving range (east side) next to the Osprey nest on US 19 just north
of Anclote river. Sorry no camera in car.
24 Ken Tracey - At 4:30pm this evening I found this Bonaparte's Gull
on the beach at Green Key.
Dec 20 2007 Mike Kell
I went to Tarpon Springs yesterday and drove out to Howard Park while
there. A flock with several Marble Godwit and Willets on
side of causeway and there were Semi Palmated Plovers and two Oyster
Catchers on the south side. Ringed bill and Laughing gulls,
Fosters terns and a few Sanderlings were on the beach.
Dec 19 2007 Ken Tracey..While doing some CBC scouting yesterday I found
3 Grasshopper Sparrows along this fence in Pasco. Junk and weeds seem
to be a sparrow requirement. The photo
shows a Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrow, a good comparison between the
This morning I found this partially leucistic European Starling
along Trouble Creek, just east of US 19 in west Pasco.
Dec 18 2007 Aggie Condon - Three
female Bufflehead ducks on a retention pond in Waters Edge.
Go north on Moon Lake Rd and turn left into Ventana Townhomes. ( Across
from Boondocks) Left on Castine. Right on Reedville
to the end. The pond is across the street. These
ducks are very WARY!
2nd 2007 Aggie Condon. SR. 52 Retention
Pond. Ibis in the Morning 2
The show starts about 7a.m. when two flocks of White Ibis total-
about 300 come in to feed. Also egrets, herons and Wood Stork.
This pond is one mile west of the intersection of Moon Lake Rd.
S.R. 52. Turn South into Colony Lakes and
park in the pull off just
past the entrance. Walk a short distance West
to the fenced pond.
Nov 29th 2007 Mike Kell, found 8 hooded Mergansers on a roadside pond
along Rowan just north of main street. Photo
Nov 28th 2007 Mike Kell, Spotted two Northern Shovelers on
the pond behind the Bealls store on Hwy 54 at Rowan RD.
Nov 24th 2007 Dennis Brown, Horned Grebes on Cider Mill Pond in Beacon Woods. Take Majestic from 52 and 2nd
right on Clock Tower to Oak Forest Lane. They were very
active and much fun to watch.
Nov 17th 2007 Green
Key & Anclote Park Field Trip
Report, Photo Gallery
Nov 10th Aggie Condon -White
Pelicans. At least 100 soaring but steadily progressing
south. Seen at Little Rd & Hudson Ave.
Nov 9th Mike Kell - No small visitors at Green Key this AM, only
laughing Gulls and One Black Skimmer. Perhaps the cold air
encouraged them to move on south.
Nov 5th Ken Tracey At 3:00pm this afternoon I stopped by Lake
Lisa Park in Port Richey. While watching a group of House Sparrows and
House Finches move along a clump of dead Brazilian Peppers this White-crowned
Sparrow jumped up.
5th 2007 Mike Kell-There was a big crowd at Green Key Beach.
Ken and Linda
Tracey, Aggie Condon and Mike Kell all showed up early in the morning
to practice their new found shore bird identifications from Saturday's
program. Among the large number of Laughing Gulls were found
Herring Gull, Turnstones, Semipalmated Plovers, Willets, one
Godwit, Dunlins, Sanderlings, Western Sandpipers and Least
Sandpipers. Mike Kell's camera has returned from
this was he first chance to practice his new slider
technique. When the crowd flew up we looked around in time to
a Peregrine Falcon fly by at some distance. A Orange Crowned
warbler was found by Ken, Linda and Aggie in the mangroves.
Sandpiper, ID these three,
Nov 5th Aggie
Condon, Field Trip Scouting
Forest--- Spotted Sandpiper. Norther
Harrier. 10 Wood Storks.
Eagle Point--- Green Heron,
Belted Kingfisher. Great and Little blue Herons.
Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
Anclote Power Plant---Bald Eagle on the nest.
Holiday Rec.--- American Kestrel. Monk
Parakeets. Titmouse "mob" with gnat-
catchers, Downy woodpeckers, Carolina and House wrens, Common
Black&White Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
Oct 27, 2007 Ken Tracey - I went back to Lake Lisa Park this afternoon
to look for Western Tanager, no luck.
Did locate Indigo Bunting, House Finches, Prairie Warbler, and a
Eastern Palm Warbler. Just started looking this fall for the eastern
Palms, instead of binocular ignoring Palms. See attached photo.
This very yellow eastern looks more like Prairie Warbler until you see
slightly darker cap and malar stripe.
Oct 27, 2007 Ken Tracey - Yesterday and this morning we had a good mix
of birds at Lake Lisa, Port Richey.
A pale adult Western Tanager was high up in the trees, see attached photo.
Short stubby bill, gray belly, yellow chest and face, dark notched
tail, dark wing with light wing bar evident were identifying
Also had numerous House Finch, one Baltimore Oriole, several
Chestnut-sided Warblers, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Wood-Pewee, and
several Cooper's Hawk.
Oct 25, 2007 Ken Tracey - Wednesday found my first eastern Palm
Warblers at Lake Lisa, Port Richey. Also had 5 Marsh Wrens at Green
Key, rufous coloring suggest they are migratory eastern Marsh and not
Marian's subspecies. Photo
Oct 22, 2007 Ken Tracey - There has been a good mix of migrants
yesterday and today in West Pasco.
At Starkey Park
we had ;
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet tanager, Summer Tanager, Indigo
Buntings, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, House Wren, Warblers: Pine, Palm, and
New Port Richey this morning;
Black-throated Green Warbler, Tennessee, Yellow-throated,
Port Richey at noon;
Warblers: Palm, Yellow-rumped, Prairie, Yellow, American Redstart,
Bay-breasted Blackpoll? (ID confirmation needed, see photo which has
not been color or light corrected; I noted, white under-tail covert,
streaked breast and back, grayish neck, besides other characteristics
that could be either Bay-breasted or Blackpoll) and a Baltimore Oriole
Oct 20, 2007 Ken Tracey Lake Lisa, Port Richey An
Hawk watched closely as I called in a good mob of birds at
this small park in Port Richey at noon today. The mob included;
Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Yellow-throated Warbler, House Wren,
Carolina Wren, Palm Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-eyed Vireo,
Blue Jay, and Gray Catbird. This mob found the Cooper's and then took
turns diving at it until it flew off. Also saw Indigo Bunting and
Yellow Warbler there.
I found my first fall Green-winged Teal at Gulf Harbors.
19, 2007 Mike Kell, A quick AM trip out
to Green Key Beach found a lone Black Skimmer ( my first for this
season) sitting in a flock of Laughing Gulls and Fosters Terns.
Willets, Semi Plamated
Plovers, Sanderlings, a couple Least Sandpipers, a Black
plover, and one
Marbled Godwit hanging around. Marbled Godwit
Oct 10th, Mike Coppola, I spotted the first Wood Storks
return to my area, Land O” Lakes, on September 1. I
came within range of my camera to get a few pictures. A white
Ibis was with the seven storks in one of the wetlands in our community.
At a near by pond was, what I believe to be, a Tricolored Heron. I
recently read that Wood storks have been known to not return to an area
if destruction of their habitat occurs within 30 miles of the roosting
area. We had a massive destruction of habitat in Land O’
with the clearing of hundreds of acres in the Connerton
Development. I am recording my sighting in eBird, (Ebird.org)
have noticed that no other recordings have been made in the area this
season. Have any Wood Storks been observed in your area?
Oct 10th Ken Tracey Early this morning I walked
some of the mud flats at Sand Bay, West Pasco, for approx. 1 1/2 miles.
High-lites included approx. 550 Blue-winged Teal,
flying south in groups of 30 or more, and one large flock of 250 birds.
Some stopped on the flats.
40 Roseate Spoonbills
24 Caspian Terns
6 Marbled Godwits
4 Greater Yellowlegs + numerous
other common sandpipers, terns, and waders.
Note; For our Christmas Bird Count on 12/29 several birders are needed
with the stamina and skill to walk the soft mud flats here that
Saturday morning. Contact me if interested.
Ken Tracey Green Key late this morning found a few warblers;
2 Northern Parula
1 Common Yellowthroat
Oct 9th Mike & Laurie Kell Green Key beach.
Found two Marbled
Godwits among the normal shore birds.
Sept 30 Ken Tracey Green Key, This morning at the
Key the warbler flow was slow until I decided to leave, east of the
causeway I stopped for 10 minutes and watched as a steady flow of
western Palm Warblers all flew north? Final Count;
92 Palm Warbler
1 Northern Waterthrush
2 American Redstart
1 Common Yellowthroat
Sept 19 Mike Kell, Tidewater RD, Warbler
migration is not limited to Green Key as I found this Ovenbird on my
Sept 18th Ken Tracey Green Key; Today's flight of Yellow
Warblers through the Key has been steady and is continuing this
afternoon. I spent 11/2 hours out there this morning and 1/2 hour just
after lunch. 45 Yellow Warblers were found along with 5 Prairie
Warblers. The Yellow Warbler color mix is interesting with brown, green
and bright yellow birds. See photo.
Starkey; Yesterday I found a Veery on the Day Use nature trail.
James E. Grey Preserve, New Port Richey; This park along the
Pithlachascotee River will soon re-open with nature trails and
boardwalk along the river. Yesterday I had a white morph Short-tailed
Hawk soar overhead.
Sept 12th -- Since Aug 9th the Yellow Warbler migration along the Pasco
coast through Green Key has been occurring every day I surveyed. I have
only missed a few days out there, but for the 33 days surveyed since
Aug 9th, 15 Yellow Warblers have been the average seen each day for
approx 1-2 hours of survey time. My visits have ranged from morning to
late afternoon. Every half hour or so a new group of Yellow warblers
will fly in and feed on the Key before they move on. These groups are
usually two to four birds, although one morning 12 landed and worked
their way through the mangroves. Eventually all seem to move east to
the causeway and then fly off. I expect this rate of Yellow Warbler
migration to continue until the first or second week of Oct.
The Prairie Warbler migration has now changed. Although approximately
equal numbers to Yellow warblers were seen throughout August, the
average for the last 2 weeks for Prairie has been 5 per day and I
expect that number to continue to drop.
This evening's quick check out at the beach on Green Key produced a
small group of sandpipers that included a Piping Plover.
A rare plover for this small beach.
Fall Migration continues on Green Key
8/31/2007 in the morning at Green Key, Ken found this strange gull
on the beach, slightly smaller than Laughing Gull, with bright red legs
Also had 25 Blue-winged Teal fly over.
Also had great group of terns;
6 Black Tern
2 Sandwich tern
8 Forster's Tern
2 Royal Tern
5 Least Tern
And one Eastern Kingbird
8/28/2007 Jim McKay spotted an Orange Bishop on the wires .
Ken Tracey found:
1 Northern Waterthrush
1 American redstart
3 Prairie Warbler
4 Yellow Warbler
8/25/2007 The last 3 days at the Key has seen a steady flow of warblers;
3 Northern Waterthrush* (*or Waterthrush species as
all were identified by chip)
Also the first drab
Yellow Warblers have shown up. The two in the photo look like
Sibley's "Brownish 1st year", or Peterson's "first fall, amnicola"
August 23, 2007
by Ken Tracey...This morning on the way to Green Key I had a coyote run
across the road in New Port Richey near Main St and Rowan Rd.
While on the Key, 3 individual Bobolinks flew south overhead
doing their "pink, pink" call. This morning was also the best
on the key for Prothonotary Warbler fall sightings ever with 8 seen.
Yesterday Jim McKay had an Eastern Kingbird on the wires with
the resident Gray Kingbirds and a fly-over of 2 American Avocets.
13 Prairie warbler
8 Yellow Warbler
8 Prothonotary Warbler
August 6, 2007
by Ken Tracey...I surveyed the Courtney Campbell Causeway, the
Honeymoon Island Causeway, and the Fred Howard Park Causeway this
morning from 6:30am to 9:30am, the following 1776 sandpipers were
counted, comprising 15 species, plus 6 tern species were found:
123 Semipalmated Plover
12 Wilson's Plover
19 American Oystercatcher
15 Greater Yellowlegs
50 Marbled Godwit
107 Ruddy Turnstone
8 Red Knot
165 Western Sandpiper
6 Semipalmated Sandpiper
65 Least Sandpiper
724 Short-billed Dowitcher
11 Royal Tern
10 Sandwich Tern
4 Forster's Tern
134 Least Tern
22 Black Tern
18 Black Skimmer
Composite of sandpipers and the one imm? Marbled Godwit attached.
August 2, 2007
by Ken Tracey...I did a tour of the Courtney Campbell Causeway this
morning. At the beach near 49 th street there was a small group of
sandpipers, gulls, and terns, including 15 Black terns. On
the Tampa side a 1/4 mile stretch just west of the Ben T. Davis Beach
held a tremendous number of sandpipers and terns including the
following, some counts are actual some are estimates*, but most numbers
are probably under counts as the flocks were moving;
15 Black-bellied Plover
20 Wilson's Plover
50* Semipalmated Plover
8 American Oystercatcher
20 Greater Yellowlegs
60 Marbled Godwit
1 Probable immature? Marbler Godwit (composite
60* Ruddy Turnstone
50* Western Sandpiper
60* Least Sandpiper
500* Short-billed Dowitcher
6 Sandwich Tern
40 Royal Tern
1 Forster's tern
1 Gull-billed Tern
30 Black Tern
130 Least Tern
July 28, 2007
by Ken Tracey...
Birding in the rain can be good! Yesterday
evening at the state park(Boyce Werner) I
counted 3000+ Purple Martins flying south and found 1 Spotted Sandpiper. This
morning at Green Key I counted 450
Swallows flying south; 90% were Barn, rest were Northern Rough-winged
and Bank. At the Gulf Harbors Golf Course I found 2 Pectoral
Went out to the golf course this afternoon at
Gulf Harbors in West Pasco. Sandpipers were flying into the flooded
driving range in small flocks every 10 minutes or so. Best birds seen
Sandpiper (photo attached, still in mostly alternate plumage
with dark blotches on back evident)
9 Lesser Yellowlegs
1 Spotted Sandpiper
July 27, 2007
by Ken Tracey
I did get photo of Brown-headed
Cowbird young as it begged food from female Red-winged
Blackbird. Also the fall warblers showed good numbers today
as Jim McKay and I found;
6 Yellow Warblers
1 Yellow-throated Warbler
3 Prothonotary Warblers*
*After Jim left, I ventured into the mangrove thicket looking for
Prothonotary Warblers. I have noted that they stay in the dark and
thickest mangrove cover, as the photo
July 26, 2007
By Ken Tracey...I went out on the mud flats at Sand Bay, West Pasco
coast off Strauber Memorial Hwy, this evening, It has been weeks since
our last extreme low tide. The square mile of mud flat was
completely empty of birds except for one Whimbrel. The
mangrove opening I walked through had an early Belted Kingfisher.
July 24, 2007
This morning on Green Key Beach, Mike Kell and Ken Tracey found a
Forster's Tern, a summer first for Green Key. Earlier I had
new species for the Key; White-winged Dove.
by Ken Tracey Photo