Not so daily critter report

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  1. seacrestkristi

    seacrestkristi Beach Fanatic

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    I :wub: that shade of green. :D Nice pix. I never knew those were anoles. Thanks. Sowal learned me sumpin' again. :wave:
     
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    Robin taking a bird bath. :D
     
  3. TreeFrog

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    Here's another of the larger sandpipers from my Oct. 16 post. I believe this is a Willet. Can anybody confirm?

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    For the last two mornings, there have been about a hundred ducks in Eastern Lake. My "Audubon Field Guide to Florida" is about to go in the trash, 'cause this is yet another bird it doesn't identify.

    They are really dark, nearly black, with an even blacker head and neck. Dark tan bill of medium length. They are feeding both by dabbling in the water and by diving. I wasn't close enough to see what they were eating.



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  4. jodiFL

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    That is because they are migrating birds not native to Florida. From your description and from what I can see in the pic, they appear to be "?? winged teals"
     
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  5. TreeFrog

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    I guess I gotta get a camera with a stronger zoom. It's hard to get a decent pic of a bird that isn't close enough to eat out of my hand.

    The photos I've seen of green-winged and blue-winged teals show some white. These ducks don't have any.

    OK, I don't think it's an American Black Duck. The photos of them online show a head and neck slightly lighter than the body. These are darker.

    I'll keep trying.
     
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    They actually have two legs but keep one close to the body..have no clue why but have seen them release the other leg showing both legs...LOVE this thread!!:wub:
     
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    ladydebubba the robin is cool but I really like the pink flamingo in the back ground!!! Native to TN????:floor::floor::D
     
  8. jodiFL

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    I am too.:D There sure are alot of pics of ducks on Google:floor:

    OHOH I think I might have found it... a COOT
     
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    That is a pretty bird. :D
     
  10. jodiFL

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    Arent they?:D I lived at a lake in Destin years ago and every winter HUNDREDS of them stayed in the lake all winter and I loved just watching them.They will dive completely under then pop up a few feet away.
     
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  12. TreeFrog

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    That's pretty close. I don't remember the red spot above the bill, though. If they will cooperate, I'll try to look again tomorrow AM.
     
  13. TreeFrog

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    SAVE your pink flamingos, everybody. They are now extinct. I saw a news item several months ago that the company that made them was going out of business.

    And as a matter of fact, I think they are native to TN. There was a pair in my front yard in Memphis for several years.
     
  14. jack S

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    For the last two mornings, there have been about a hundred ducks in Eastern Lake. My "Audubon Field Guide to Florida" is about to go in the trash, 'cause this is yet another bird it doesn't identify.

    treefrog; The best book I have found for bird identification is Peterson's field guide to birds. He did paintings of the birds which are easier to identify than pictures.
     
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    On the ones I always saw in Destin, the red spot was not as pronounced as in that pic. I also think that different varieties of it dont even have the red spot.
     
  16. TreeFrog

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    Yup. Confirmed today. We have coots.

    Not old coots, the snowbirds aren't here yet. Just coots.
     
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    OK, here we go...

    Sunday, I saw an eagle soaring over the beach near Watersound. But I didn't get a photo, nor was it close enough to identify.

    This morning, it was seen again by some folks vacationing just east of Eastern Lake. They say it's a bald eagle, for sure. It surprised the toot out of them, as they were expecting to see shorebirds.
     
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  18. jodiFL

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    I saw a pair of them above 98 between 285 & 395 a few days ago. They came low enough for me to definitely identify them as bald eagles. I have heard that there is 2 or 3 nests along the intercoastal but no one will reveal the exact location for obvious reasons. I also had a golden eagle drop a snake on my car about 4 years ago on Bay Dr. Freaked me out at first but then I forgot about the snake watching the eagle in the tree trying to figure out how to get its meal back. :D
    Might want to retract this... from the looks of Seaside today:rolling:
     
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    I saw a Sibley's guide today. It looked comprehensive.
     
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    I saw the bald eagle over the beach at redfish lake 3 days ago! It was quite a surprise! It circled low and I got a real good view of it. Just another cool day!
     

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