ON THIS DATE - 21 Nov (2006) - a Short-eared Owl was found dead along I-275 in south St. Pete.
(all about the bird life of Pinellas)
2014 UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS
Dec 6 - Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. Begins at 8 AM (SPAS)
Dec 6 - Moccasin Lake Nature Park. Begains at 8 AM (CAS)
Dec 20 - St. Petersburg Christmas Bird Count
Dec 27 - North Pinellas Christmas Bird Count
Jan 1st - New Year's Day Birding Open at Fort De Soto Park. Details as the time nears.
Jan 3rd - Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. Meet at 8 AM (SPAS).
Jan 3rd - Moccasin Lake Nature Park. Meet at 8 AM (CAS).
Jan 4th - Fort De Soto Christmas Bird Count
Jan 10th - Pinellas Solid Waste Facility. Limited participation. You must contact Dave Kandz to reserve your spot (SPAS).
Jan 31st - Wall Springs/Wm. E. Dunn Water Treatment Facility. Meet at Wall Springs Park at 7:30 AM (CAS).
CAS - Denotes Clearwater Audubon sponsored
SPAS - Denotes St. Petersburg Audubon sponsored
WINDY, COLDER WEATHER HEADING OUR WAY
The Gulf coast of Florida is expected to receive a blast of cold weather the next few days, more so by the middle of next week. This should drive down more ducks, grebes, loons and maybe a little something special. It will be a good time to seawatch from the Gulf Pier at Fort De Soto, from Honeymoon Island and/or from Madeira Beach. Last winter we started seeing Black Scoters by now.
I've noticed only a few Yellow-rumped Warblers so far this month and I would guess that this blast of cold should drive them south, too. This week a Pine Siskin was recorded in Pasco County and, in case you hadn't heard, a Great Cormorant has taken up residence in Port Orange on Florida's east coast. Check over those gulls carefully, a Franklin's must be here somewhere.