The Robin’s roost

Posted in nature by paulie on February 2, 2011

I estimated 240, 000 Robins passed over me southbound from this small area of low woodlands. The estimate was conservative, though. A similar number of birds left heading southwest. These Robins are here for only a few days more before they will begin their northerly migration. The location is 28.213,-82.762.

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Kelp Gull visits Florida

Posted in florida garden, nature by paulie on January 19, 2011


Taken 1/5/11 at Anclote Gulf Park, Holiday, FL where the gull visited a tide-exposed area for several days.

Birders soon appeared from all around the state. It is cheaper to see him here than to pursue the gull in it’s native range: the shores of the South American continent. As of this writing the gull is still seen now and then on exposed flats.

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Limpkin city

Posted in nature by paulie on November 29, 2010

I went to investigate the large number of Limpkins reported by Ken T at 28.1944,-82.503 and saw not a single bird. Still, there was plenty of evidence of Limpkin activity. My photos show areas strewn with empty snail shells and I could hear Limpkins calling from the woods on both sides of SR54. There are a series of ponds here that are drying out, revealing fish and snails to a large number of wading birds including two kinds of inland Sandpiper, seen in the embedded video. I evaluate the tiny birds as Least Sandpipers and the single tall bird as a Stilt Sandpiper. Please comment if you can recognize the bird. I was disappointed to see only the pink egg masses of the exotic Apple Snail.

Jennifer Mee’s Myspace: the screen captures

Posted in worldweary by paulie on October 28, 2010


btw Rachel Robidoux is Jen’s mother.

Street art in the big 727

Posted in worldweary by paulie on September 7, 2010

Yeah maybe it is generous to call it art but I prefer to since the 727 is a normally creativity – free zone.

It was a bad idea to make an arrangeable sign that is so short you don’t need the pole – mounted – suction – cup tool to rearrange it.

The most clever part of this installation is the timing.  The long labor day weekend gave it an extra day of life.

I look forward to future mischief.

I wonder if this installation was by the same artist:  http://sicluceatlux.wordpress.com/2009/02/21/street-art-exists-in-the-big-34691/

Local Sandhill Cranes have raised two colts!

Posted in nature by paulie on August 27, 2010

Baby Sandhill Cranes are called colts, in case you did not know it.  This pair of cranes is generally found in the area between the Holiday Rec Center and Gulf Trace Elementary.  Often I link my friends directly to my films where they reside on youtube but in this case the ‘related videos’ were dominated by references to hunting of Sandhill Cranes and even Whooping Cranes.  Here I can supress ‘related videos’.  To browse films that are mine with a minimum of relating go to my youtube channel page:  http://www.youtube.com/user/yourboypaulie

An exotic lizard in this yard

Posted in florida garden, nature by paulie on August 20, 2010

I think he’s called a Curlytail.  I have seen these at Nassau, The Bahamas.  This one turned up in my dooryard today.  Funny, I think his tail unculs when he relaxes.  The species is an exotic invader.  Here’s what Fish & Wildlife says about him: http://myfwc.com/WILDLIFEHABITATs/Nonnative_NorthernCurlytailLizard.htm

Local Western FL naturalists will meet to discuss the oil spill

Posted in nature, social network by paulie on June 9, 2010

At the center of the West Coast of Florida, in the town of New Port Richey people will gather on Saturday to discuss how they will meet the oil when it arrives.

Many local people participate in organizations such as Audubon, Sierra Club, Florida Native Plant society and Friends of Werner Boyce – Salt Springs State Park. Many are part of more than one.

They plan to gather outside the New Port Richey City Library at 10:00am SaturdayJune 12, 2010 to discuss how to respond to the oil, how to obtain needed resources and volunteerism.

To see more of the park pictured above visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/yourboypaulie

White Pelicans: a rare sight

Posted in nature by paulie on December 28, 2009

For me at least.  I’ve seen them four times, that’s once for every two or three years that I have lived in peninsular Florida.  Once I saw a hundred of them form a wheel high in the air, moving south on the wind faster than I could drive my car – without a one of them ever flapping a wing.  I thought they were Storks but thanks to my Audubon friends I learned that I had seen the White Pelicans.  On this blustery day they were fighting turbulence to make their transit altitude.  They could not make a distinct formation but, spotted by us while still at low level, you can see what they look like as they soar.

swans at peace

Posted in nature by paulie on December 17, 2009

To my surprise no humans were mauled in the making of this film. I waited all day to record a swanny smackdown but it never came. The lakes of downtown Lakeland, FL are loaded with swans and I saw them put up with unruly children, friendly ducks, clumsy Ibis, joggers and curious naturalists, even while sitting on their nests. BTW it has been English law for five centuries that all Mute swans, wherever in the world they dwell, belong to the Regent.

Coots, Moorhens and Purple Gallinules

Posted in nature by paulie on December 13, 2009

This film highlights these three Rails. You can see them together when you visit downtown Lakeland, FL which our local Audubon did yesterday. Here’s their website: http://www.westpascoaudubon.com/
The stars in order of appearance:
Ringneck duck
Am. Coot
Mute Swan
Moorhen
Purple Gallinule
Am. Alligator
White Ibis
The lakes visited were Wire, Mirror and Parker.

Palm Warbler at the plant table

Posted in florida garden by paulie on December 2, 2009

Video proof! I first photographed the Palm Warbler who fed at my table in late 2007. This is unusual because, of course, the bird is an insectivore and not a visitor to any feeder. But among the seeds I put out are a kind of engineered nutrition pellet for domestic birds and this warbler has learned to eat those. I believe this is the same individual that learned to eat the pellets and who has wintered with me since at least 2006. He returned about a week ago and will be with me until mid-March of 2010. I am happy to contribute to the life of this formidable bird for as long as we cross paths. Here’s what I wrote about him in 2/08.

And, yes those are flower spikes on the Black Aloe in the picture. I am aware this is often referred to as a nonblooming kind of Aloe. Mine blooms regularly with long rests. The flowers are large and coral – orange.

shuttle launch as seen from my street

Posted in worldweary by paulie on November 25, 2009

Shuttle Atlantis launches as seen from my street at a distance of 120 miles. I’m working on my edit process to retain more of the cam’s original sharpness.

hundreds of Herons

Posted in nature by paulie on November 22, 2009

Dawn at Safety Harbor municipal pier with hundreds of Tricolor Herons, Little Blue Herons and Snowy Egrets leaving their night roost. Local people thought the roost would be at a place called Alligator Lake. Also two Spotted Sandpipers and a Yellow Crowned Night Heron were found at Philippe Park. Thanks to Clearwater Audubon. Here’s their site: http://www.clearwateraudubon.org/

Additional: here’s the trip’s bird list, thanks Jo:
Clearwater Audubon Phillipe Park, Safety Harbor, Fl, Nov 21,2009 Merle Hubbard, leader.
Belted Kingfisher
White Ibis
Spotted Sandpiper Lesser Scaup
Willett
Brown Pelican
Bald Eagle
Forster’s Tern
Laughing Gull
Common Loon
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Snowy Egret
Great Blue Heron
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Black and White Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
House Wren
Hermit Thrush
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gray Catbird
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue Jay
N Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Cardinal
Fish Crow
Red-tailed Hawk
American Goldfinch

Red-Shouldered in this yard

Posted in florida garden by paulie on November 13, 2009

I scrambled to get a camera on him but he stayed for several minutes and the encounter became one I’ll never forget.

fiddler crabs are coming

Posted in nature by paulie on November 10, 2009

The Fiddler crabs at Key Vista are coming out en masse. Each of then has a unique pattern on it’s shell. Many look like faces.

hurricane Ida

Posted in worldweary by paulie on November 10, 2009

Glossy Ibis at Holiday recreation complex

Posted in nature by paulie on November 7, 2009

Glossy Ibis can be seen seasonally at the Pasco County Holiday recreation complex.  A pair has been present for the last few days and I shot some video.  The Ibis’ presence upset a juvenile Moorhen whose parents got involved.  The Moorhen family bothered the Ibis until they left.  I was very amused by the Glossy’s brief attempt to threaten a Moorhen.

The Glossys flew toward the TV towers where there must be a substantial roost.  I have not figured out how to get to it but in the evening you can see hundreds of birds heading in.

Long-Billed Curlew

Posted in nature by paulie on November 1, 2009

Clearwater Audubon visited Ft. De Soto, 10/31/09, halloween. I read there was a Long–Billed Curlew hanging around and by watching some birdwatchers we found it! What an elegant bird. I could not see what it was getting 10 or 12 inckes under the sand.

View the video:  http://bit.ly/3kiCHW
Video window basics:  http://bit.ly/1Ke2Y1

I also saw my first-of-season Coots, Redhead Ducks, Ruddy Ducks and Scaup and a flock of around 20 Magnificent Frigatebirds. Also in the video are Oystercatchers, Terns, Plovers, Marbled Godwits and a mysterious and beautilful feathery-flowered plant that enchanted me. Please tell me if you have a clue what it might be. The stick insects were mating despite the papparazzi. One shorebird remained unidentified, might be a Short-Billed Dowitcher.

wildlife around here: video

Posted in social network by paulie on October 31, 2009

Clearing the memory cards, I made a late summer wildlife video compilation: http://bit.ly/1nzD4y

Only a youtube member can write a comment on that site. Anyone can post one here. yt is fighting to put music ads on my videos and they have muted my soundtrack.

On the local radio they have been saying time change is tonight. That is wrong, of course. The time always changes on a Sunday at 2am. Tomorrow is Saturday. Halloween. So tonight is Gate Night. Beware.