Friday, August 11, 2006

Lake Hollingsworth Report!

This is your lakeland report from the bicycling birder and his Scout,

Katie and I spun around the lake, cranberry juice and water alone are
not sufficient to ward off the heat.
It's way to hot to do anything for long outside! A quick look at the
weather says if we can't get out there before 8, we should forget it
for at least a week.

Still we managed the following non-scoped, non-binoculared observations:

The Ususal Suspects

Common Moorhens
Mottled Duck
Mallard Duck
Blue Jay (Katie calls them boojays)
Double Crested comorant (only 1, how strange)
White Ibis
Great Egret
Great blue heron
Snowy egret
Tri-color heron
Pied-billed grebe
Boat tailed grackle

Birds of note

Wood ducks (male and female)
American Coot (2 of them)
Something suspiciously tern-like rested atop some bouys across from
Florida Southern College. Felt very Forstery, didn't have bins to look.

all the little gallinules and moorhens are growing up!
The Adult purple gallinules were absent. Well, I should say they were
there, but not visible.
Remember we are on bicycle, and if Katie sees them, she only know how
to say "Purple Gallinule" in 15 month old, which to me sounds strangely
like the 15 month old phrase for "Please get me some cheezwhiz".

GB and KT Hoyt

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