As our northern friends are enjoying frost and snow, we in Florida welcome the annual migration of "snow birds" taking temporary residence in our trees. This year our third graders are participating in a population study in which we identify and quantify the population of birds found in our adjoining wetlands area. High in the pine and oak trees we are watching daily and recording our observations. Using binoculars, field guides, cameras and data sheets we hope to accurately record how our bird population will change through out the school year.
To date we have been joined by flocks of Crows, Mockingbirds,and Sparrows. We have been joined by two large Owls (see picture),a Red Winged Hawk, a Bald Eagle, Doves, Snowy Egrets and a female Cardinal. We will post our pictures and observations periodically throughout the upcoming months.