7-11-19 Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, CREW Bird Rookery Swamp, Shady Hollow Blvd. Species List and Summery

Today I awoke with a spring in my step and adventure in my heart! My parents and I decided to go on a little road trip to go to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary! This is a large preserve with miles of trails that you can walk. They also have a "super" rare Ghost Orchid in bloom right now, so we were able to see that! One of the first birds we saw were White-Eyed Vireos bouncing around the tree tops. I also saw my lifer Carolina Wren here! We saw 2 and heard one. The two we saw seemed to be going back and forth to a nest carrying food (for young?) Our full list for the swamp is below:
2 White-Eyed Vireos
2 (+ 1 heard only) Carolina Wrens
1 Anhinga
1 White Ibis
1 Red-Shouldered Hawk
2 Northern Cardinals
1 Red-Bellied Woodpecker
On the way home in the car, speeding along a highway, I noticed a sign off to the right with an arrow that said "CREW Bird Rookery Swamp." We decided to turn the car around and go see what the place was like. I was expecting a rehabilitation center, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a small set of trails like the Bailey Tract. I was standing looking over the edge of a small stream when my mom told me that there was a Red-Shouldered Hawk on a post very close by. I was able to photograph it very easily. Here is the full list from CREW-
1 Red-Shouldered Hawk
1 Great Egret
On the way back to the highway on Shady Hollow Blvd. (the road CREW is on) we saw several different bird species. We were driving along the empty road, when all of a sudden I saw what I thought was a Northern Mockingbird on a barbed wire fence. I got out of the car with my camera, and at that moment I realized what I was looking at. My lifer Loggerhead Shrike! I told my mom this, and we both started madly taking photos. There were 2 other shrikes in various places along the barbed wire. The original one caught a fly, impaled it on the wire, and tore it apart slowly. I was lucky to get a photo of this at well! There was also a Black Vulture very close on the side of the road! I was able to get photos of this as well. This is our complete list from Shady Hollow Blvd-
3 Loggerhead Shrikes
6 Black Vultures
15 Great Egrets
2 Northern Mockingbirds
3 Mourning Doves
1 Great Blue Heron
I will definitely keep my eyes open on this road if I go to CREW again!
Gracie McMahon

Publicado por sandbluff sandbluff, 18 de agosto de 2019

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Julio 11, 2019 04:15 PM CDT

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There were 3 Loggerhead Shrikes sitting on barbed wire on the left side of the road. AT one point, one caught a bug, impaled it on the wire, and ate it.

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