There were two targets on my list for today. The Bachman’s Sparrow and the Florida Scrub-Jay. I visited Babcock-Webb early this morning and had singing Bachman’s Sparrow everywhere. One male was perched in a shrub 30 feet off the road. This was a good bird to get here and now because it eliminates the need to travel into the Piney Woods of East Texas in late April.
Dave Thurston suggested Oscar Scherer State Park as the easiest place to find Florida Scrub-Jays, which is on the Endangered Species List as a threatened species. Soon after my hike into likely Scrub-Jay habitat began, I ran into a volunteer who was studying the jays. He said they weren’t showing themselves today, but I wasn’t hearing any of that and soon afterwards located a sentinel for a family group.
There only about 40 of them in the park, so I considered myself lucky to find six of them in three different groups.
On the return hike I found a Six-lined Racerunner and as I began to drive back to Cape Corral, a Gopher Tortoise crossed the road.
Tommorrow I team up with my Colorado friend Bill Kaemfer to try for Budgerigars. Stay tuned.