Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Today's Birds

Observed at Chapman's Pond, a favorite birding stop on the Great Florida Birding Trail, Gainesville, Florida.

Boat-tailed grackle
White ibis
Tri-colored heron
Little blue heron
White egret
Blue-winged teal

The 30 or so teal (mostly females) were busy dabbling. Grackles were congregating in noisy groups among the cattails bordering the pond. The lone phoebe paused for a moment's perch atop a pole supporting a nestbox upslope from the pond.

I collected a handfull of achene/pappus "parachute" fruits of a couple of aster species that grew rampantly in waste areas around the pond, in hopes of getting them established in "natural areas" around the yard at Clog-House Est. 1935.

One couldn't have hoped for a prettier day, though the birding could have been better. There will be better days ahead.

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