Last Bird of 2002
For the two Vinces (McGrath & Lucas) and Peter Murphy, our last bird of
2002 was a group of about 30 or so Chipping Sparrows at Oscar Scherer
State Park. On the same trip, we found three Nelson's Sharp-tailed
Sparrows in the saltmarsh grasses (species?) at Cockroach Bay in
Hillsborough County along with a Swamp Sparrow as a lone Caspian Tern
"dive-bombed" for fish nearby. We had nearly 90
Black-bellied-Whistling-Ducks on a private golf course near Sarasota.
Three Limpkin at the Sarasota Celery Field along with six or more
Green-winged Teal, a few Northern Shovelers and four Black-necked Stilts
at Ackerman Park were good finds. There were literally thousands of
American Robins everywhere we went, especially in Hillsborough and
Manatee Counties. I guess the robins were trying to outrun the impending
weather front that brought so many thunderstorms to our area overnight. A
few Cedar Waxwings were among them. All-in-all, we had 85 species to
round out the last day of 2002.
What will the first day of 2003 yield? Stay tuned. . . .
Happy New year to all.