|Rosegentian (Sabatia sp.)|
|Delta Flower Beetle on Carolina Redroot (Lachnanthes caroliniana)|
|Golden Silk Orbweaver|
|Black and Yellow Argiope Orbweaver|
I was hoping to see a Yellow Breasted Chat and thought I'd actually done it until I got home and looked at my photos on the big screen. My Chat turned out to be an Orchard Oriole. It was very far away, but I should have caught on when I saw a pair in a bush closer to the road. Oh well. No Chat.
|Adult and Juvenile Orchard Orioles|
The Lotus is still blooming and they are so gorgeous that I can't help but take more photos every time I see them.
|American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea)|
Down at the observation platform, I met up with fellow birders and we chatted about birds that we wish we had for our June Challenge list. They helped me find a Blue-winged Teal, and then a Wood Duck flew past us, giving me 2 new birds for my list. We looked in vain for the Scaup, but the Roseate Spoonbills were putting on a show and I spent a long time watching them and visiting with friends at the platform. The temperature was really cool and pleasant, almost the best weather I've experienced all month!
|Roseate Spoonbill Flyover|
|Snowy Egret, Roseate Spoonbills and Black-necked Stilts|
|Great Horned Owl|
Driving down the road to Watermelon Pond, we saw what we were both hoping was a Northern Harrier, but were pretty sure was not, since that sighting would be very unusual. But it would have been very exciting. (During June, everyone wants to be the one to report something unusual or rare.) Later, on the same road, we actually did see a Northern Bobwhite out in the open, dozens of Eastern Kingbirds on the utility wires, and a Bachman's Sparrow that was just singing and singing. We also found a Glass Lizard squiggling across the dirt road.
|Kingbird on the Wire|
We headed home under the light of a beautiful full moon. We forgot to look for planets, though! The storm clouds that had threatened passed right by us and the Nighthawks buzzed overhead. It was a perfect end to a perfect month. Now it is time to clean my camera, put away the rubber boots, wash the car, spend some more time with my husband and dogs, and get packing for the move. I feel like I have said a proper goodbye to Florida and I think I'm ready to leave now. And I have a photo journal and blog to help me remember when I start to feel homesick.
|Nighthawks on the First and Last Day|
June Challenge Bird Count Grand Total: 100 Birds (96 ABA Countable/4 not countable)
Places Visited: 30, some more than once (See previous blogs!)
My June Challenge 2015 Bird List:
Black Bellied Whistling Duck
Blue Wing Teal
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow