Birding Gemini Springs, August 2013

This August I birded at Gemini Springs 7 times and saw 40 species of bird. This seems a bit pathetic, but compared to last year’s 28 species in 5 checklists, its not too shabby. New to my year list were Red-eyed Vireo on August 26 and Northern Waterthrush on August 16th. I had previously seen a Northern Waterthrush at Gemini Springs once before, two years prior on nearly the same date: August 17, 2011. Returning to the park after summer break were the Bald Eagle pair and at least one female Belted Kingfisher. The complete list of birds for this month is at the end of this post.

I was deep into our sweet cat Arby’s health issues last August, so I didn’t post a summary of my birding at Gemini Springs last year. So let me start with a photo of a Black Racer I took last year. August 2013 was surprisingly snakeless.

Black Racer
Black Racer | 10-AUG-12

And now here are some photographic highlights from Gemini Springs taken during August 2013.

new sign ~ I wish they would add DO NOT FEED WILDLIFE | 07-AUG-13

yellow | 07-AUG-13

black and white greens | 07-AUG-13

Bird Grasshopper sp
Bird Grasshopper sp | 07-AUG-13

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk | 07-AUG-13

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron | 14-AUG-13

Common Gallinule fam
Common Gallinule family | 18-AUG-13

fungus | 20-AUG-13

Water Turkey :)
Water Turkey / Snake Bird | 20-AUG-13

Rhinoceros beetle sp
Rhinoceros beetle sp | 20-AUG-13

look! a monkey!
Eastern Gray Squirrel… or bat?! | 20-AUG-13

Barred Owl
Barred Owl camo | 26-AUG-13

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron | 26-AUG-13

nut art
deliberate or random? nut art found on the fishing pier | 26-AUG-13

Strutter | 26-AUG-13

Marsh Rabbit
Marsh Rabbit | 27-AUG-13

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August 2013 bird list, Gemini Springs

Muscovy Duck – Cairina moschata
Anhinga – Anhinga anhinga
Great Blue Heron – Ardea herodias
Little Blue Heron – Egretta caerulea
Tricolored Heron – Egretta tricolor
Black Vulture – Coragyps atratus
Turkey Vulture – Cathartes aura
Osprey – Pandion haliaetus
Swallow-tailed Kite – Elanoides forficatus
Bald Eagle – Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Red-shouldered Hawk – Buteo lineatus
Common Gallinule – Gallinula galeata
American Coot – Fulica americana
Mourning Dove – Zenaida macroura
Common Ground-Dove – Columbina passerina
Barred Owl – Strix varia
Chimney Swift – Chaetura pelagica
Belted Kingfisher – Megaceryle alcyon
Red-bellied Woodpecker – Melanerpes carolinus
Downy Woodpecker – Picoides pubescens
Pileated Woodpecker – Dryocopus pileatus
Great Crested Flycatcher – Myiarchus crinitus
White-eyed Vireo – Vireo griseus
Red-eyed Vireo – Vireo olivaceus
Blue Jay – Cyanocitta cristata
American Crow – Corvus brachyrhynchos
Fish Crow – Corvus ossifragus
Barn Swallow – Hirundo rustica
Carolina Chickadee – Poecile carolinensis
Tufted Titmouse – Baeolophus bicolor
Carolina Wren – Thryothorus ludovicianus
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – Polioptila caerulea
Northern Waterthrush – Parkesia noveboracensis
American Redstart – Setophaga ruticilla
Northern Parula – Setophaga americana
Yellow-throated Warbler – Setophaga dominica
Eastern Towhee – Pipilo erythrophthalmus
Northern Cardinal – Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged Blackbird – Agelaius phoeniceus
Boat-tailed Grackle – Quiscalus major

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