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Field Trip to Babcock Webb WMA Mar 30th

It was worth getting up at 5:15AM to catch the Red-cockcaded Woodpecker with Dave Lancaster.

Summary by Dave: The Chuck-will's-widow greeted us at the Babcock-Webb FWA on Saturday morning, 30 March 2024 for the Peace River Audubon Field trip. Driving to the RCW nesting area we encounter about 20 cows and calf milling on and off the road. Soon we were at the RCW sign. We parked and could hear the squeaky call of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker. He landed on the nesting tree and everyone had a good look with the photographers getting great photos.

Down the road we could hear White-winged Doves. We stopped and enjoyed them flying around and cooing. We did get to see the Purple Gallinule, Pileated Woodpecker and star of the sky, the Swallow-tailed Kite (circled for 20 minutes)

It was a beautiful day at the flatwoods and waterways. Everyone enjoyed the walks, talking and sharing stories, we all had a good time.

Dave Lancaster-trip leader

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