Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)

The Bird with Outrageous Legs…. I know that the bird of the month should be the beautiful Pinecraft Wilson’s Warbler……. or the handsome Dickcissel….. or even perhaps those plucky little Scaly-breasted Munias. What a triple treat we’ve had from those very obliging long time stayers. However my heart lifts when I see those amazing Black-necked Stilts,…

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American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)

I’ve always had some interest in taxonomy but you can’t spend ten days in Colombia with Bruce Anderson (co- author of ‘The Bird Life of Florida’) without realizing its true value in bird identification. Basically if you know the family and/or genus you have a better chance of narrowing down the bird. Recent sightings of…

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Ruby-throated Hummngbird (Archilochus colubris)

In ‘Last of the Curlews’, by Fred Bosworth, a book reviewed by Stu Hills last month, I came across the intriguing statement that when migrating from Yucatan, hummingbirds start out at around the same time as other birds but outdistance all of them in crossing the Gulf of Mexico. It would take most birds around…

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Limpkin (Aramus guarana)

Limpkin (Aramus guarana) This month, to celebrate the opening of the Nature Centrer at the Celery Fields, I have chosen one of the most iconic birds of that marvelous  wetland area, a bird that many will travel far to see – the Limpkin. You could hardly visit the Celery fields without encountering one of these amazing…

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Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa)

4th September North Monomoy Island Cape Cod – 7 Red Knot. We had come out by boat to this windswept deserted 8 mile long spit of sand southwest of Chatham with a group from Massachusetts Audubon. Waders and shorebirds as far as the eye could see, though nothing unusual. As we were leaving, someone spotted the…

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Purple Martin (Progne subis)

It’s been a great joy this spring to see Purple Martins nesting for the first time at the Celery Fields following the erection of two Purple Martin houses there in the second week in March. Given how relatively late these structures were erected, it was amazing to see how quickly they were attracted to the new homes. Currently…

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Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)

There’s hardly a more beautiful or majestic sight in early spring than the sight of a Swallow-tailed Kite soaring aloft in the blue skies of Florida. This bird, largest of the five species  of kite found in  North America, has a wingspan of 51 inches but weighs a mere 15 ounces, which gives it its…

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BIRD OF THE MONTH

Purple and Common Gallinules This year has seen an unprecedented number of visitors to the two boardwalks at the Celery Fields.  One of the stars of the show, and a symbol of the success of the wetlands area, is undoubtedly the Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica). Prior to the Celery Fields development, this bird was becoming…

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October 13 – WATERBIRD COLONIES IN SARASOTA BAY

October 13 WATERBIRD COLONIES IN SARASOTA BAY – Mark Rachal, field biologist with Florida Audubon, will present information and slides of our important bird rookeries in Sarasota Bay

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BIRDS OF THE MONTH

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE During September there was a lot of activity at the tidal pool at Siesta Key, where rain and strong winds ensured the pool was always full of waders and other shore birds. On September 9th, one of our members, Rick Greenspun, found a Red-necked Phalarope in the pool and immediately posted this rare migrant…

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