So the night before my weekend begins, I usually go on Ebird.org and check out the sightings that have been going on around my area. ebird is an amazing tool that birders, and biologists use to see where the birds are at and what species are seen. Today I decided to check out this cemetery to go birding, which I honestly found to be a bit odd. I have gone out in the field and hiked miles away from civilization to go birding but never in a cemetery. But what the heck, I decided to give it a shot since there have been a lot of reports on migrating warblers. Once I got there I immediately saw the regulars, blue-jays, mocking birds, and starlings. After a couple of minutes looking for red starts ad cedar waxwings, i stumbled upon these two birders who asked me if i had seen certain species of warblers. I nodded no and we began to talk and update each other on our day. Apparently on of the ladies that were birding knows the area so well that she told me all the best spots that warblers like to hang out and feed. Certain trees that produce more ripe fruit and have more bugs, so I decided to follow them and see what we could find. We ended up seeing american redstarts, capmay warbler, black and white warbler, black throated blue warblers, ovenbirds, common yellow throats, least flycatcher. Amazing amount of birds I had never seen and all thanks to this lady who took me to these trees that had these awesome birds!
As a novice wildlife photographer, most of my pictures are of larger birds that don’t move around a lot so trying to get a good picture of these guys (wood warbler) was literally impossible. Unfortunately this birding adventure has no good pictures but I hope next week’s birding adventure will be more successful in photography. Until then guys
Good evening fellow ecologists and naturalists! Last friday, i took an interesting trip to a park in Miami called “Greynold’s Park”. This is a big park with a few hiking trails and A LOT of golden silk orb-weaver spiders! They are completely harmless and generally build there homes out of contact, but if you aren’t careful, on a rare occasion, you might just run into one. We hiked two short trails, probably 0.25 miles each, but the scenery was amazing. Even though there aren’t majestic mountains or shorelines right next to you, the view still is breathtaking. This was my first time hiking these trails and it will definitely not be my last.
Upon exiting one of the trails, i noticed some of the plants had these berries.
If anyone knows what type of berries or fruit they are, please leave a comment below, i am dying to know. I was very tempted to try a bite but since i do not know very well on wild plants and fruit and what is edible and what isn’t, i did not want to take a chance.
Besides the trip, i have recently moved into a new apartment. It has been an extremely busy and long process but thankfully it is almost over. All that is left is organizing some minor things and getting my dog to get used to the change. Yesterday was the big move and she just laid all day, you can tell she was nervous and out of her element. I felt terrible since she is only 13 months old and has lived all her life in my previous apartment. Hopefully in the next upcoming days, she starts adapting and getting the feel for it. We all just want our pets to live a good, happy and healthy life am i right? I am excited to start taking her to the dog park which is now in walking distance too! Pictures will be posted soon! Until next time my fellow colleagues, have fun exploring!
Categories: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Uncategorized, Wildlife
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