Hernando Audubon
Society

Trip leader: Bev Hansen
Email: bevalhansen@gmail.com
Phone: 352-686-0460

We will see Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Bachman's Sparrows, and some recently arrived migrants and summer breeders.

At 7 a.m., park on the south side of the intersection of Croom Road and Trail 7. There is a wood kiosk there and an open area for parking. Trail 7 is 7 miles east of U.S. 41. Croom Road is on the north side of Brooksville.


About the RCW Program
by Bev Hansen

In Croom Tract of Withlacoochee State Forest, all Red-cockaded Woodpeckers have been banded. Four colored bands and a USGS band with a unique identification number are attached to the bird's legs--three colored bands on one leg and one colored band and the USGS silver band on the other leg. The chicks are banded when they are still in the nest, at eight days old. In the pictures at left, Vince Morris has climbed to the nest, captured the chick and banded it, before returning it to the nest. The colored bands allow researchers to identify the bird by using a spotting scope, without disturbing the bird. Being able to identify an individual bird facilitates determining the bird's longevity and other research projects.
Field Trip: March 25, 2017 - Saturday
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and
Early Spring Migrants 


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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.
Above (top) - Red-cockaded Woodpecker showing the diagnostic white cheek patch bordered by black bar. Also note colored leg bands
(bottom) -  Bachman's Sparrow - another species that might be seen on this trip.

All photos this page by Bev Hansen