Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Noted In Passing: Birds I Saw Today

Alachua County, north central FL - My work travels around the county took me into the field today. Birdlife observed, in passing:

200+ Sandhill Cranes at the Gainesville UF Beef Teaching Unit pasture.
Flock of
turkeys gleaning a pasture near a small bunch of spotted FL cattle.
Eastern Phoebe making abrupt forays from and returning to the same snag.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker swooping tree to tree.
Palm Warblers nattering in trees rimming a recently abandoned pasture.
Red-bellied Woodpecker calling from a dead pine.
Pied-billed Grebe and Little Blue Heron at a suburban retention pond.
Fish Crows massing in the canopy of an aging laurel oak.
Small flock of Killdeers winging along a long pond margin.
European Starlings calling from a residential streetside tree.
Cooper's Hawk jetting over a downtown building, and through an intersection.
Ring-billed Gulls winging over a vacant suburban field.

Not bad for a day's non-birding, a portion of which was through the windshields and open side-windows of company pickup trucks. A portion of the day was spent with local environmental protection friends who are way more serious birders than me.

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