On the trail ( Adella Blacka )

On the trail (Adella Blacka)

On the first field trip of the season, seven participants were treated to good weather and some unusual species for Paleo Hammock, including Brown Thrasher and Sharp-Shinned Hawk. 

Other birds of note were Painted Buntings, Pileated Woodpeckers, Great Crested Flycatchers and one Yellow-billed Cuckoo that perched for extended viewing by all.  The group saw five Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, the most ever seen at Paleo Hammock, according to eBird records! 

Participants also enjoyed some interesting butterflies including Ruddy Daggerwing, which uses Strangler Fig as a host plant.  At the conclusion of the tour at Paleo Hammock, some of the group continued with a short walk around Teague Hammock.  Many thanks to Tim Towles for leading the trip and sharing his expertise.

A full checklist of birds seen is available in eBird. Photos by Beth Hewitt, except as noted.