Red-headed Woodpeckers at Hickey's Creek
- I went over to HC Saturday morning to look around. Catbirds and Brown
Thrashers have arrived. Highlight was 1 adult and 2 juvenile
red-headed woodpeckers on the trail south from the bridge. I just had
one good look at the adult but the 2 young birds were chasing each
other and in view for close to 1/2 an hour. Throw in a couple of scrub
jays (one with an orange band on the left leg) and it was a good
morning. Only warblers were 1 Prairie and 1 N. Parula.
- Tuesday, October 07, 2008 3:37:40 PM
From: Dena and John Temple
Sorry for the late post -- limited Internet access on vacation. My
husband and I vacationed last week in the Fort Myers area. We've
birded Ding Darling and Corkscrew before but visited other area
hotspots for the first time.
We had a very similar experience at Hickey's Creek last Monday a.m.
along the "dry" side of Hickey's Creek trail. We first ran into 4 juv.
& 2 adult Red-headed WPs, then a short time later had 3 scrub jays.
Throw in a couple of Yellow-throated Warblers, several gnatcatchers
and a lot of really cool butterflies, and we had a very good morning.
Highlights from Wednesday's trip to Ding Darling included all the
usual waders incl. Wood Stork (flyover only), Pileated WP, catbird,
and a curious juv. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron with a crab so big, I
still don't know how he swallowed it!
Thursday took us to Babcock-Webb WMA, where we got almost all the
target species for the site: Limpkin by the entrance pond, Comm.
Moorhen, 3 Red-cockaded WP (lifer), Brown-headed Nuthatch, Sandhill
Crane, Palm Warblers galore, No. Parula, Am. Redstart, Red-eyed and
White-eyed Vireos, Baltimore Oriole, Pied-billed Grebe, E. Meadowlark,
and lots of gators. What a cool place.
Many thanks to my "old" friend Judy Harvey of Cape Coral, who provided
lots of info on local hotspots and points of interest. I wished we'd
had time to get to them all! We'll just have to come back...
Dena & John Temple
Atlantic Highlands, NJ