Saturday, January 19, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
I'd like to invite everyone to check out our newly formed photo club. We are a very informal group with broad differences of photography levels and cameras. There are no fees, other than the normal admittance to the refuge and the only requirement is that you enjoy nature! We meet at 9am on the third Saturday of each month at the educational building, which is to the right of the refuge welcome center and gift shop. We generally take a field trip somewhere on the refuge's 68,000 acres that encompasses Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor County, then eat our brown bag lunch while sharing photos and photography tips. We also help the refuge with some service projects, but this is NOT a requirement. Join us on Jan19 for a nature and photography adventure that will surely keep you comming back!
For more information, you may contact Thomas Darragh at :
A glimpse of just a few of the many birds you may see at the refuge that I took while on a club outing.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
We now have two hummingbirds in our yard, a female Ruby-throated, which Fred banded a while ago and a newly arrived male Black-chinned. This is the first Black-chinned we have had in our yard. At first the female Ruby wasn't as impressed with his arrival as we were but they seem to be getting along as I write. I put an extra feeder out so they wouldn't have to compete as much especially since the freeze pretty much killed all our flowering hummer plants! Hopefully he will stay so that FRed can slap a band on him next weekend.
My daughter called me from Jacksonville Friday, telling me about the Iceland Gull that had been seen at Nassau Sound. Mike and I drove over Saturday to twitch it. When we got to the bridge, there were no fishing boats in sight, so I was concerned about finding the gull. One of my daughter's friends was there on the bridge and pointed it out to me-sitting on the beach with a mixed flock of gulls,etc. At first it just looked like a gray rock, but eventually it got up and moved around, and we got good views.
Iceland Gull is a rare visitor to these latitudes, they are normally found much further north. In winter they frequent harbours scavenging for scraps around fishing trawlers and boats.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Fred Dietrich took some pictures of these two exciting rare hummers. View them by clicking on the following links.
I will be there sunday to enjoy these spectacular birds!
If you have a wintering hummingbird and would like Fred to band it then contact us at the store and we can help put you in touch with him. Fred will be back in town next week to band several more wintering hummingbirds.