Hernando Audubon
Society

Established 1959


Field Trips, Christmas Bird Counts and Other Adventures
Field Trip Guidelines
Fields trips are open to everyone interested in birding. Non-members are welcome.
To participate, contact the trip leader
to confirm time and meeting place.
We suggest comfortable clothing, insect repellent, suncreen, and water or other suitable beverages.
Please adhere to responsible bird watching while on your trip.
You can read the American Birding Association's statement on birding ethics here: http://listing.aba.org/ethics/

DETAILS about FIELD TRIPS and EVENTS
are also distributed by email. To subscribe, please email Hernandoaudubonpresident@gmail.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line and your complete name and a telephone number in the text body.
Hernando Audubon does not share subscriber information with
any other organizations or with individuals.

After a trip, species lists are generally posted on eBIRD, and can be accessed from this page.
 Upcoming field trips and third-party events are listed below.


Jan. 4, 2017 - Wednesday
Jumping Gully Preserve
Pasco County
Trip Leader: Bev Hansen
Access the eBird report
here.

TRIP REPORT:
Eight of us had a special treat when we were lead on a tour of Jumping Gully Preserve in Pasco County. Our enthusiastic guide was Don Robinson, biological technician at Pasco County Parks Department. We saw over 60 species of birds. Among the highlights were three Purple Gallinules and a Merlin, both of which were first records on this property.

Jan. 13, 2017 - Friday
Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Trip Leader: Bev Hansen
Access the eBird report here.

TRIP REPORT
Nineteen birders from Hernando, Pasco, and Citrus counties drove the 11-mile Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive on Jan. 13. The highlight of the trip was very close views of two Fulvous Whistling-Ducks-a life bird for many. We also got scope views of an Ash-throated Flycatcher, which had remained in the same place for two months-another life bird for many. Other less common species seen by a few birders were immature Purple Gallinule, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, and Painted Buntings.

Jan. 18, 2017 - Wednesday
Circle B Bar Reserve

Lakeland
Trip Leaders: Wally and Lee HandelandAccess the eBird report here.

TRIP REPORT
Six enthusiastic birders tromped around the trails at Circle B Bar Reserve on January 18 in perfect, sunny, 80 degree weather. We identified 54 species combining morning and after-lunch trips. Many people were there trying to find the monster sized alligator shown on TV. Compared to other years we saw many more Limpkins and Green Herons. Afternoon birders saw feuds between a flock of crows and a juvenile Bald Eagle, and a Red-shouldered Hawk trying to get a fish away from a Great Egret. Highlights were a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a Black-and-white Warbler, many Purple Gallinules, a pair of Barred Owls, and an American Bittern.


Jan. 21, 2017 - Saturday
Weekiwachee Preserve Sparrow Drive


For more information please go to our Sparrow page, or to sign-up,
Email: Marianne Korosy at mkorosy@gmail.com





 

Feb. 4, 2017 - Saturday
Cypress Lakes Preserve
Environmentally Sensitive Lands Program Workday
Contact Jim King at 352-238-6226 or JKing@co.hernando.fl.us

Feb. 4, 2017 - Saturday
Weekiwachee Preserve Sparrow Drive

For more information please go to our Sparrow page, or to sign-up,
Email Marianne Korosy at
mkorosy@gmail.com

Feb. 6, 2017 - Monday
Honeymoon Island

Trip Leader: Bev Hansen
Email: bevalhansen@gmail.com
Phone: 352-686-0460
Access the eBird reports:
for Dunedin Causeway
for Honeymoon Island.

TRIP REPORT
Four Hernando County birders went to Honeymoon Island State Park on Feb. 6. We saw 24 species of birds on Dunedin Causeway and 39 within the park, for a combined total of 46 different species. Highlights included 3 Reddish Egrets, 2 Piping Plovers, and a Great Horned Owl on a nest. The Bald Eagles have also renested, after the first nest failed, but both of the adults were elsewhere when we viewed the nest.

Feb. 14 - 15, 2017 -Tues.-Wed.
Orlando Wetlands and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Trip Leader: Eileen Riccio
Email: naturecoastbirder5@yahoo.com

Two fabulous birding sites on one trip!
Possibilities range from bitterns and rails to ducks and gannets. For a detailed description of this trip and sign-up information, please visit these pages HAS Orlando Wetlands and HAS Merritt Island. Note: To join, you must contact the trip leader at least two days in advance of February 14.

Feb. 24, 2017 - Friday
Beginning Birding
Chinsegut Conservation Center
23212 Lake Lindsey Road,
Brooksville.
Contact Linda at 352-428-2629 or Lindalark85@gmail.com

Learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. There will be binoculars and bird guides available for use. Starts at 8:30 a.m.




Mar. 4 - Saturday
Fickett Hammock Preserve
Environmentally  Sensitive Lands Program Workday
Contact Jim King at 352-238-6226 or  email JKing@co.hernando.fl.us

Mar. 22 - Wedneseday
Silver Springs State Park
Fun Day
This is a joint trip with Citrus County Audubon Society.
Click here for details or
contact Eileen Riccio at naturecoastbirder85@yahoo.com

Mar. 24 - Friday
Beginning Birding
Chinsegut Conservation Center
23212 Lake Lindsey Road,
Brooksville.
Contact Linda at 352-428-2629 or email  Lindalark85@gmail.com

Learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. There will be binoculars and bird guides available for use. Starts at 8:30 a.m.

Mar. 25 - Saturday
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and Early Spring Migrants
Trip Leader: Bev Hansen
Email: bevalhansen@gmail.com
Phone: 352-686-0460

Birders from throughout the United States and many foreign countries visit our area to see the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. Details and photos of RCWs and Bachman's Sparrow are on our RCW trip page.

Mar. 30 - Thursday
Lettuce Lake, Trout Creek and Morris Bridge Road Wilderness Area
Trip Leader: Linda Vanderveen
Email: Lindalark85@gmail.com
Phone: 352-428-2629

Join Linda for this trip that includes three parks noted for the abundance and variety of waders, the many warblers, woodpeckers and, if we are lucky, owls. Start time and car pooling information are at our Lettuce Lake page.


Apr. 21 - Friday
Beginning Birding
Chinsegut Conservation Center
23212 Lake Lindsey Road,
Brooksville.
Contact Linda at 352-428-2629 or Lindalark85@gmail.com

Learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. There will be binoculars and bird guides available for use. Starts at 8:30 a.m.

Apr. 22 - Saturday
Janet Butterfield Brooks Preserve
(meet at 8 a.m. at Chinsegut Conservation Center)
Contact Joe Murphy naturecoastjoe@aol.com

Join us for a guided hike on FWC's Janet Butterfield Brooks Preserve. This beautiful upland habitat is not open to the public and is accessible only with FWC staff.  The hike will be moderate in duration and difficulty, and our focus will be the mosaic of upland species that call the preserve home, as well as the land management strategies that support them.There is a limit of 20 participants and reservations are required.  We will be carpooling from Chinsegut Conservation Center (23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville, Fl. 34601).
For more information or to reserve your place, contact Joe at naturecoastjoe@aol.com 

Apr. 27 - Thursday
Annual Picnic
McKethan Lake Day Use Area
Withlacoochee State Forest Headquarters Tract.
Details to be announced.

May 6 - Saturday
Purple Martin Viewing
at a private residence in Brooksville.
Trip Coordinator: Linda Vanderveen
Lindalark85@gmail.com or
352-428-2629  (text or call).


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