Whip Walk #1

This spring Marie and I are doing a series of “Whip Walks” around local parks the week of March 15th to search for Eastern Whip-poor-will. Roger Clark taught me years ago that this was the best week of the year to hear them singing, so I try to make the effort each year to get ’em while they’re hot. Last night’s walk was on Fort George Island, where we started at the Kingsley Plantation gate and heard Eastern Screech Owl and Great Horned Owls calling. We moved down the road to the Mount Cornelia area and heard a Barred Owl followed by a very early Chuck-will’s-widow, but did not hear a whip all night. The Chuck observation is at least two weeks “early”, and marks one of the earliest seasonal reports on record in Duval County.

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