Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

December 31, 2012
by Rex Rowan
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Christmas Bird Count results

From: Rex Rowan [rexrowan@gmail.com] Subject: Alachua County birding report Hey, make a note if you’re planning to join the January 5th field trip to Alligator Lake: the driving directions on the Alachua Audubon web site are wrong. Here’s what they … Continue reading

December 16, 2012
by Rex Rowan
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Christmas Count highlights

I’m not sure, but I think the 161 or 162 species seen on today’s CBC is a record for the Count. Highlights in brief: BLACK SCOTER: First county record. Six on Lake Wauberg. Be there first thing Monday morning! Groove-billed … Continue reading

December 8, 2012
by Rex Rowan
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Major birdage

The last week has produced a few really remarkable days of birding. You may remember that Dalcio Dacol saw a possible Ash-throated Flycatcher near the La Chua observation platform on the 29th. No one was able to relocate it, but … Continue reading

November 28, 2012
by Rex Rowan
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Whoops!

For the first time since spring of 2011 there’s a Whooping Crane at Paynes Prairie. On the 27th John Killian and Andy Kratter each reported seeing it from the La Chua observation platform, and on the 28th John Hintermister, Steve … Continue reading

November 18, 2012
by Rex Rowan
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Vermilion Flycatcher and Le Conte’s Sparrow at La Chua Trail

The Vermilion Flycatcher that John Hintermister first found on the 8th was still at the La Chua observation platform on Friday morning, when Frank Goodwin managed to get a photo of it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30736692@N00/8197165695/in/photostream It was still there on the 18th, too, … Continue reading

November 13, 2012
by Rex Rowan
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More Nuthatchery

Red-breasted Nuthatches are still around. Linda McMahon saw one at her SW Gainesville home on the 11th and 12th. Effie Smith saw “several” at the Cedar Key museum and cemetery on the 13th, which should make Saturday’s Cedar Key field … Continue reading

November 9, 2012
by Rex Rowan
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Vermilion Flycatcher, early waxwings, and other good birds

(Sorry for the delay on some of these reports. This week I’ve been house-sitting for a friend who doesn’t have internet access.) John Hintermister found a female Vermilion Flycatcher near the La Chua Trail observation platform on the 8th. It was one … Continue reading

October 23, 2012
by Rex Rowan
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Bronzed Cowbird at Hague Dairy, Red-breasted Nuthatches persisting

When I go birding with Mike Manetz and Jonathan Mays, I feel like a not-too-smart seven year old who just can’t keep up – who can’t see anything they’re looking at, can’t hear anything they’re hearing, and who needs to … Continue reading

October 21, 2012
by Rex Rowan
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Invasion of the Red-breasted Nuthatches!

I like being right about things – admittedly it doesn’t happen very often – so I’m going to remind you of my prediction that “this could work out to be an interesting winter, with Red-breasted Nuthatches outnumbering goldfinches at your … Continue reading

October 16, 2012
by Rex Rowan
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Red-breasted Nuthatch at Prairie Creek Preserve!

The winter finch forecast predicted it, and it has come to pass! This morning Jonathan Mays found a Red-breasted Nuthatch at Prairie Creek Preserve: “Had a good morning at Prairie Creek! In addition to 9 warbler species and my first … Continue reading