I found some time to do a bit of birding on the way home today. Nothing terribly exciting or unusual for the area, but it’s always fun to see some familiar faces.
Summer is finally starting to wind down, although it doesn’t feel like it yet. The Swallow Tailed Kites have started their migration back to South America, and we should start seeing some migrants of our own in Florida soon.
Osprey nesting season is coming to an end in Florida, and all our young Osprey are busy learning how to fly. This young bird hasn’t totally left the nest yet. You can tell it’s a juvenile bird by its red eyes - adult Osprey will have bright yellow eyes.
Today is International Owl Awareness Day! To celebrate, our Screech Owl, Hunter - one of the smallest owls in Florida - is here to deliver your daily dose of owl! At ARC, we’re celebrating by getting ready to release our last two Great Horned Owls of the season. Hooray for owls!