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Serving greater Daytona Beach area
Founded 1923

 

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Special interest groups are urging Florida legislators to use Amendment 1 dollars to fund water supply development projects that could further deplete our water resources, to bail out developments that have neglected their own wastewater infrastructure needs and to push projects that fuel irresponsible growth in Florida's vulnerable natural areas.  If you haven't already done so, please email the Senate Committee on Eveniornmental Preservation and Conservation.
 

January 1, 2015:  We ended 2014 with a groovy kind of day.  After several trips to Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area, a foursome of birders made one final attempt to locate the elusive Groove-billed Ani.  We walked to the area where the pair had been seen numerous times in the previous days.  Each person was looking in a different direction and as Chuck Tague, our photographer, looked toward a bobcat several hundred yards down the path, one of the Ani's flew right in front of him and landed in the thicket.  We had a five-second glimpse of the elusive bird and spent the next 30 minutes waiting, hopefully, for a second look.  About the time we were ready to give up and go home, one bird popped out into the open and was joined by his/her mate a few seconds later.  The pair allowed us excellent, long looks -- life birds for two of us.

The Groove-billed Ani, Crotophaga sulcirostris, is kin to the cuckoo and winters along the Gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana in thick brush and overgrown pastures or at the edges of low riverside woods.  They are a sociable species in all seasons and may sit side-by-side when resting or perched in the sun with wings spread wide.  To find this pair in Florida is very uncommon. 

Measuring 13.5 inches from beak to tail, this bird is all black with a very large, grooved bill with a hump.  The bare skin around the eye makes the bright, black eye stand out.  While somewhat ungainly looking as they skulk in the low branches, their bright eyes give a 'cute' look to the face.   

 

Share the beach w/nesting birds; tips from Nat'l Aud. How to remove fishing line from a hooked bird
For deeply embedded or swallowed hooks, or injuries to wings and legs call:
Marine Science Center(386) 304-5530, After Hours 386-561-0624

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