Checklist S56619787

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Owner Rex Rowan

Incidental
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Comments

Led a Wednesday Wetlands Walk for Alachua Audubon. Saw some nice birds, but didn't try to keep notes under the circumstances. Warm, but with a pleasant breeze.

Observations

  1. Number observed: 2

    Comments: Coming off the boardwalk, we saw a Florida Softshell crawling up the slope of the dike, so we walked toward it. Someone yelled, "King Rail!" Down at the base of the slope was one King Rail, and as we watched a second came into view. Both remained in view at the base of the slope until we walked away about five minutes later. We thought they might be leading chicks around, but we didn't see any, so I don't know why they were acting so bold. This is only the second time in three years that I've seen King Rails in the cells (though I've seen a few on the far side of the southern distribution channel).

    Breeding Code: P Pair in Suitable Habitat (Probable)
  2. Number observed: 2

    Comments: Standing at the bottom of the slope on the north side of Cell 2.

    Breeding Code: P Pair in Suitable Habitat (Probable)
    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male 1
    Female 1
    Sex Unknown
  3. Number observed: 2

    Comments: In the shallows of the distribution channel at the far end of Cell 3.

    Breeding Code: P Pair in Suitable Habitat (Probable)
  4. Number observed: 2

    Comments: One in the shallows of the distribution channel at the far end of Cell 3, one sitting on a nest at the edge of the gravel trail. Area surrounding the nest is cordoned off.

    Breeding Code: ON Occupied Nest (Confirmed)
  5. Number observed: 1

    Comments: In the shallows of the distribution channel at the far end of Cell 3. Gray with black spotting above, white with a breast band of streaks below, short stout black bill.

  6. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Subadult in the shallows of the distribution channel at the far end of Cell 3.

  7. Number observed: 1

    Comments: One female came flying in and landed on a pickerelweed flower. Buff-tan, plain below, dark streaking above, dark crown with pale central stripe, sparrowish bill. Slightly on the late side.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female 1
    Sex Unknown