Sunday, December 18, 2016

Cape Coral 12/14--FLORIDA SCRUB-JAY

Photo Shari Zirlin
FLORIDA SCRUB-JAY is supposedly a rare bird in Cape Coral and the one time 3 years ago that Shari and I went hunting for one is certainly seemed that way, but, if you know where to look, they're pretty easy to find. And fortunately, Karmela knew where to look. So we met her & Sue out on these desolate, undeveloped lots in the northwest section of the city and after driving around in rectangles for a while we came upon a couple of jays.

Photo: Sue Puder
I don't know how Karmela knew about this trick, but she stood in the field with a half a Ritz cracker in her hand and one of the jays came down to snatch it away. You can see that this bird has been banded.

All around these fields were staked out areas indicating that Burrowing Owls had nested there. There were dozens of stakes, but no owls in that area. We did find some other birds of note: Loggerhead Shrike, American Kestrel, and Eastern Meadowlark.

9 species
Turkey Vulture  2
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1
Loggerhead Shrike  1
Blue Jay  1
Tree Swallow  5
Northern Mockingbird  1
Eastern Meadowlark  5

Loggerhead Shrike
Photo: Shari Zirlin
Eastern Meadowlark
Photo: Shari Zirlin

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