Saturday, March 26, 2011

Amphitheater pond surprise

On Friday, I was out with a nice couple from New York City, Sam and Mary Miller. I took them over to the Amphitheater. If you want to see a mix of birds both little and big on Jekyll, the Amphitheater pond is a good bet. Here is a view of the pond.I try to go to this area at least once or twice a week for there are always a few surprises around. It was true of Friday. We were enjoying to spoonbills, storks, and herons when I looked up to see a huge flock of big birds fly over my head. They were all Anhingas. I could not believe it. I grab my camera but the flock had become dots in the distance. Then I saw they were coming back. My little camera just could not capture the whole flock but I tried. At one point some landed in the top of a pine and we tried to count them. We counted several times and came up with 65 as the count. But when I got home and downloaded the pictures, this picture blown up showed 89 Anhingas! It was an amazing sight!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A new sign for the Campground Bird Sanctuary

Well as I works away on a grant to help the shorebirds at the south end of Jekyll, my postings have fallen off. Wish me luck on the beach docent programs, it is a program that is long over due.

A few weeks back Elliot came into Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop on Jekyll. He wanted me to know that the winter visitor wanted a sign of the birds that come to the sanctuary. Of course I said I would help even when I had no time. Looking around I thought of my friend Carole Lyons. She enjoys making posters. I called and within three days she had the poster. It is a wonderful poster. Thanks Carole!
Here is the poster behind plexiglass. Sorry about the reflections but it does shows birders birding.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Will They nest this year?

The Roseate Spoonbills are back at the Amphitheater Pond. They appear to be adults. Will they nest here this year?