Fall Migration is Underway!

This afternoon during a break in the rains I saw a female American Redstart and a male Black & White Warbler in my back yard.  I got so excited that I donned my rain jacket, swimsuit, Keen sandals and grabbed my binoculars and headed to Hammock Park.  I was very curious to see what was hopping at the park.  Unfortunately, I found mostly hungry mosquitoes but I did see 2 more Black & White warblers and 3 Red-Eyed Vireos.  Of course, there was a lot of water on the trails so I am guessed at least the start of our fall banding will be pretty wet!

Enjoy sleeping in on Sunday mornings!  Only 6 more weeks until we start our fall banding:)

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Female American Redstart free to go.


Special Warbler intensive reading program.

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Study up on confusing fall warblers!  What is this dull plumaged female warbler?

Florida Birding & Nature Festival is back!

After about a 10 year lapse, the Florida Birding & Nature Festival is back in the Tampa Bay area!  For several years, I have thought that it was a shame that we didn’t have a birding festival in our area.  We used to have one but it kind of fizzled out.  I think the last year it was cursed with a hurricanes arrival.

Make sure to put the date:  October 13 – 16, 2016 on your calendar.

Check out the festival website for more details: http://www.floridabirdingandnaturefestival.org

Also, they are looking for local area people to volunteer to help out.  These types of local events require a LOT of person power to pull off.  So if you can, please sign up to help out.

Contact Tampa Audubon President, Mary Keith, to sign up: keithma1@juno.com

Festival Volunteer Information:

We are now at the stage of signing up volunteers to help during those days. Volunteers will be asked to work a 4 hour shift on one or more of those days. In return you will receive free registration for that day, and be able to attend the seminars of your choice for free (but you still need to register for the seminar since there’s limited seating). Work will include directing people to their carpool area, pointing them to the Expo booths, checking names off the registration lists for seminars, registering new people on the computer, and various other chores of getting people to where they want to go. Some of it will be outside, but a lot will be in the buildings (with AC).

If you are able and willing to help on one or more of those days, please SEND YOUR NAME, CELL PHONE, EMAIL CONTACT AND WHICH DAY(S) YOU WANT TO HELP to Mary Keith at keithma1@juno.com .