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Ollie’s Pond – Field Trip Report

PRAS self-directed birding activity continues. Each month we select a birding site for members to visit on their own during a specified time period. We then ask those members to submit an e-mail report listing the birds species they have seen. Since starting this activity in September, we have visited 6 different hot spots. 32 people have participated and reported the birds they have seen thus far. We just completed our survey at Ollie’s pond in Port Charlotte. We did this spot last November and this month was much better than we experienced back then.

Here are the stats for the seven self guided birding activities thus far. For those of you that joined in, glad you did, and we’re always open for more to attend.

Month Location # Reports # Participants September Bayfront 10 13 October Prairie Creek 7 12 November Ollie’s Pond 7 9 January Babcock 8 14 February Celery Fields 4 8 March Kiwanis Park 7 11 April Ollie’s Pond 5 8

Month Location # Species Seen Average Per Report September Bayfront 39 14.8 October Prairie Creek 78 39.7 November Ollie’s Pond 36 13.0 January Babcock 67 25.1 February Celery Fields 65 42.8 March Kiwanis Park 35 15.7 April Ollie’s Pond 51 30.6

Here is the listing of bird species seen in April at Ollie’s Pond by our group and the number of reports listing each bird species.

Anhinga-5 Blackbird-Red Winged-5 Bluejay-4 Cardinal-Northern-5 Catbird-Grey-4 Cormorant-Double- Crested-5 Crow-American-2 Crow-Fish-3 Dove-Mourning-3 Duck-Black Bellied Whistling-3 Duck-Mottled-5 Eagle-Bald-1 Egret-Great-5 Egret-Snowy-4 Flycatcher-Great Crested-4 Gallinule-Common-5 Gnatcatcher-Blue Gray-1 Grackle-Boat Tailed-5 Grackle-Common-5 Hawk-Red Shouldered-1 Heron-Black Crowned Night-2 Heron-Great Blue-5 Heron-Green-4 Heron-Little Blue-5 Heron-Tricolored-5 Ibis-Glossy-1 Ibis-White-2 Killdeer-1 Kingfisher-1 Kite-Swallow Tailed-2 Mockingbird-Northern-3 Morph-1 Osprey-5 Parula-Northern-2 Sandpiper-Least-2 Sandpiper-Solitary-3 Spoonbill-Roseate-4 Stilt-Black-Necked-2 Teal-Blue Winged-4 Thrasher-Brown-1 Titmouse-Tufted-1 Vulture-Black-3 Warbler-Pine-1 Woodpecker-Downy-1 Woodpecker-Pileated-1 Woodpecker-Red Bellied-5 Woodstork-4 Wren-Carolina-3 Wren-House-1 Yellowlegs-Lesser-3 Yellowthroat-Common-2

Thanks to those joining in and we hope more will join in the future. As many of our members start to head North, for the summer, this will be the last Self Guided trip until Fall.

Hope everyone has a good summer.

Ron and Char Robinson

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