Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

December 19, 2019
by Trina Anderson

Summary of the John Hintermister Gainesville CBC

by Andy Kratter

December 16 at 4:45 PM

Quick summary of the John Hintermister, Gainesville CBC on Sunday 15 December:
170 species, second highest ever (175 last year).
12 new record high counts: Black-bellied Whistling Duck (an amazing 6872, previous high was 2110!), Sandhill Crane (7965), Anhinga (632), Barred Owl (67), Pileated Woodpecker (182), House Wren (325), Orange-crowned Warbler (a mind blowing 168, previous high was 105), Yellow-throated Warbler (66), American Redstart (8), Summer Tanager (5), Indigo Bunting (9), and Painted Bunting (26).
New species for the count: Short-tailed Hawk 1, Scaly-breasted Munia 1 (likely won’t count though).
Great birds: Fulvous Whistling –Duck 1, Gray-headed Swamphen 1, Western Sandpipers 7, Least Bittern 4, Roeseate Spoonbills 4, an astonishing 99 Snail Kites, Peregrine Falcons 3, Brown-crested Flycatcher 1, Wood Thrush 1, Ash-throated Flycatcher, 1 Short-tailed Hawk 1; Winter Wren 2, Whooping Crane 1 (won’t count toward total), Scaly-breasted Munia 1, Canada Goose 7, White –winged Dove 2, Vaux’s Swift 1, Least Flycatcher 1, Louisiana Waterthrush 1, Western Tanager, Blue Grosbeak 1

July 6, 2019
by Trina Anderson


by Rex Rowan

The 2019 June Challenge wrapped up with a party at the home of Becky Enneis, who founded the contest in 2004. Winners were announced, prizes were given, good food was eaten, conversation was enjoyed, and we finished the evening with a slide show, photos of birds, birders, and scenery taking during the Challenge. So that’s it for this year. See you on June 1, 2020!

Click here for a list of all the species seen.

Here’s the complete list of those who participated:
Sam Ewing 115
Chris Cattau 113
Ben Ewing 112
Tina Greenberg 110
Rex Rowan 110
Deena Mickelson 109
Howard Adams 108
Pratibha Singh 108
Anne Casella 104
Tim Hardin 103
Bob Carroll 102
Brad Hall 102
Jerry Pruitt 101
Barbara Shea 101
Bob Simons 93
Becky Enneis 91
Debbie Segal 91
Erika Simons 88
Dean Ewing 84
Geoff Parks 79
Nora Parks-Church 79
Barbara Woodmansee 79
Tom Wronski 77
Owen Parks-Church 76
Linda Holt 73
Josh Watson 73
John Martin 71
Rob Norton 71
Liam Watson 70
Danny Rohan 51
Bob Knight 48
Cayley Buckner 39

May 23, 2019
by Trina Anderson


Date: May 21, 2019 at 11:20 AM 
Subject: Ichetucknee Kestrels 


I participated with Richard Melvin and Sam Cole in banding your kestrel chicks on Saturday.  There were 2 males and 3 females, and they were all good sized and Richard said they were a “good brood”.  By which he meant that they were calm, mainly because they were well fed.  Their parents, both, were taking very good care of them.  He also said 5 is the top number for any kestrel brood, so these birds were top notch.  I am so thrilled about this since I’ve been helping check boxes there for a while and this is the first year since 12, I believe, that there have been any eggs or chicks.
I thought you might like to see this picture of one of the chicks. I had never seen a chick before and I was delighted.
Have a great summer, Bob!

Valerie Thomas