|Audubon's Call to its Christmas Bird Count|
|Slide from Greg Braun's habitat presentation|
|A little green heron in our front pond.|
Supplying water is part of habitat building.
|Here this red shouldered hawk|
captured a mole from the front
yard and was probably the one
that took the wrens.
|A pair of pileated woodpeckers on our redbay trees,|
which are now gone, becasue of that dreadful fungus.
Our most recent bird adventure was seeing a woodcock! Last week as we were finishing dinner, I saw an animal rooting around in the backyard, but because it was getting dark I couldn't figure what it was--a squirrel without a tail? a bunny digging a hole?? It was not too far from the house, but with binoculars I could see that it was a bird, which I then identified as a woodcock! My husband had seen one earlier in the week down by the lake, but thought it was a shore bird. A new bird for both of us. Since then we've seen a single woodcock several times in the back yard and once we saw two woodcocks fly in at one time. I was prepared with a camera, but the light was too low for any type of photo with our point & shoot camera--even with a flash. They do a little wooble each time they stab their long bills into the lawn. Cute!
|Woodcock--photo from Wiki-commons|
Even in areas that have been compromised, bird populations can recover. See this story posted in the Orlando Sentinel: After 1990s die-offs, birds flock back to Lake Apopka — and how. So make a resolution to build some bird habitat by planting more bird-friendly native plants.
Audubon's Christmas bird count runs from December 14th to January 5th, so it's not too late to participate. See Audubon's website for more information. The Green Blog on the NYTimes also posted an article about the importance of the annual bird count.