Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

July 6, 2019
by Trina Anderson
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RESULTS OF THE JUNE CHALLENGE!

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
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AMERICAN KESTREL BANDING

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

Bob,

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

April 1, 2019
by Trina Anderson
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KESTREL NEST BOX PHOTO UPDATE

March 28, 2019 we went to the Metzger Tract by Watermelon Pond (where the burrowing owls are) and found and photographed two boxes being used by kestrels, one with a male kestrel incubating eggs and the other with four eggs.  On last Tuesday, we went to the other side of Watermelon Pond on the Division of Forestry land and found four boxes occupied with screech owls incubating eggs.  The week before, we found eight boxes with kestrel eggs, most being incubated by female kestrels.  We still have more boxes to check, but it looks pretty good so far, and we are learning some interesting things  For instance, two boxes on utility poles in plain sight of each other and only perhaps 150 yards apart on the Shay property each had female kestrels in them incubating 5 eggs.  Kestrels arn’t supposed to nest that close together.  Attached are some of the photos we have been taking with our new pole camera.
Bob Simons

Female American Kestrel incubating eggs.

American Kestrel eggs.

Male American Kestrel incubating eggs.

Eastern Screech Owl incubating eggs.