May 2017 Bird of the Month – Sandhill Crane – GALLERY

May’s Bird of the Month is the Sandhill Crane, and here is the article in the upcoming May-June 2017 Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

May: Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis

Although technically a wetland bird, the Sandhill Crane can just as often be encountered in upland habitats like grasslands and prairies. These large birds are the . . . → Read More: May 2017 Bird of the Month – Sandhill Crane – GALLERY

April 2017 Bird of the Month – Limpkin – GALLERY

April’s Bird of the Month is the Limpkin, and here is the article in the upcoming April 2017 Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

Limpkin Aramus guarauna SSC

Eats apple snails. What else do you need to know? Well, it’s on the cover of Stevenson and Anderson’s Birdlife of Florida (1994), which is still the most . . . → Read More: April 2017 Bird of the Month – Limpkin – GALLERY

March 2017 Bird of the Month – Osprey – GALLERY

March’s Bird of the Month is the Osprey, and here is the article in the upcoming March 2017 Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

March Bird of the Month: Osprey Pandion haliaetus

By Ben Kolstad

Many people worldwide call this cosmopolitan bird the “fish eagle,” and it’s an apt nickname, although the Osprey is not an . . . → Read More: March 2017 Bird of the Month – Osprey – GALLERY

February 2017 Bird of the Month – Brown Pelican – GALLERY

February’s Bird of the Month is the Brown Pelican, and here is the article in the upcoming February 2017 Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

February Bird of the Month: Brown Pelican

By Ben Kolstad

Today the Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) is a familiar character of our coasts, but the population of this large bird was . . . → Read More: February 2017 Bird of the Month – Brown Pelican – GALLERY

January 2017 Bird of the Month American Oystercatcher – Gallery

January’s Bird of the Month is the American Oystercatcher, and here is the article in the upcoming January 2017 Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatesState Species of Special Concern).

January’s bird of the month is an oddly charismatic bird: it has a bright reddish-orange bill shaped like a chisel sticking out of . . . → Read More: January 2017 Bird of the Month American Oystercatcher – Gallery

December 2016 Bird of the Month Black-bellied Plover– Gallery

December’s Bird of the Month is the Black-Bellied Plover, and here is the article in the December Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“Black-bellied Plover – Pluvialis squatarola

Although the Black-bellied Plover is described as a medium-sized shorebird, try telling that to all the other plovers. They’d all agree that this, the largest plover in . . . → Read More: December 2016 Bird of the Month Black-bellied Plover– Gallery

November 2016 Bird of the Month Killdeer – Gallery

November’s Bird of the Month is the Killdeer, and here is the article in the November Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“Our year-round shorebird. Charadrius vociferus. Probably the most widespread, common, and recognizable shorebird in the county (if not the country), the Killdeer doesn’t need a body of water to be comfortable. You can . . . → Read More: November 2016 Bird of the Month Killdeer – Gallery

October 2016 Bird of the Month gallery – Spotted Sandpiper

October’s Bird of the Month is the Spotted Sandpiper, and here is the article in the October Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“The lone North American representative of a two-bird genus, Actitis macularius is the most widespread sandpiper on the continent. (Its congener, A. hypoleucos, is a Eurasian bird.) Despite their near ubiquity according . . . → Read More: October 2016 Bird of the Month gallery – Spotted Sandpiper

September 2016 Bird of the Month – Solitary Sandpiper

September’s Bird of the Month is the Solitary Sandpiper, and here is the article in the September Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“In the last article we discussed a vexing species pair of sandpipers in the genus Tringa: Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. In the next two articles, we discuss how to ID a pair . . . → Read More: September 2016 Bird of the Month – Solitary Sandpiper

August 2016 Bird of the Month: Greater Yellowlegs

August’s Bird of the Month is the Greater Yellowlegs, and here is the article in the July-August Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“In May we concluded our profiles of the sandpipers in the genus Calidris (aka “the peeps”). In June we began our discussion of the genus Tringa, starting with the largest of the . . . → Read More: August 2016 Bird of the Month: Greater Yellowlegs

July 2016 Bird of the Month: Lesser Yellowlegs

July Bird of the Month is the Lesser Yellowlegs, and here is the article in the July-August Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

In May we concluded our profiles of the sandpipers in the genus Calidris (aka “the peeps”). In June we began our discussion of the genus Tringa, starting with the largest of the . . . → Read More: July 2016 Bird of the Month: Lesser Yellowlegs

June 2016 Bird of the Month: Willet

June Bird of the Month is the Willet, and here is the article in the May-June Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

With the arrival of summer and the departure of most of the shorebirds from our area, we begin our investigation of some common larger shorebirds of Palm Beach County, genus Tringa. First up is . . . → Read More: June 2016 Bird of the Month: Willet

May 2016 Bird of the Month: Semipalmated Sandpiper

May Bird of the Month is the Semipalmated Sandpiper, and here is the article in the May-June Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

The May bird of the month,Calidris pusilla,is one of several small sandpipers known in birding circles as “peeps.” Its name “semipalmated,” which means that it has webbing between its toes, may make . . . → Read More: May 2016 Bird of the Month: Semipalmated Sandpiper

April 2016 Bird of the Month: Least Sandpiper

April Bird of the Month is the Least Sandpiper, and here is the article in the April Kite written by Ben Kolstad

As the name implies, Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) is the smallest “peep” (in fact, it’s the smallest shorebird in the world). At our Palm Beach County sod farms in August, it’s sometimes possible . . . → Read More: April 2016 Bird of the Month: Least Sandpiper

March 2016 Bird of the Month: Western Sandpiper

March Bird of the Month is Western Sandpiper, and here is the article in March Kite written by Ben Kolstad

Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) is ASE’s March bird of the month, the first of three regularly occurring “peeps” in our area that we’ll be reviewing (out of five total in North America). This group of . . . → Read More: March 2016 Bird of the Month: Western Sandpiper

February 2016 Bird of the Month: Sanderling

Bird of the Month for February is the Sanderling. Below is Ben Kolstad’s article from the February KITE.

Bird of the Month for February: Sanderling

If last month’s bird (Ruddy Turnstone) was our “rocky” feeder, this month’s (Sanderling, Calidris alba), is our “sandy-shore” bird. It’s also our baseline sandpiper, of medium size, one we . . . → Read More: February 2016 Bird of the Month: Sanderling

January 2016 Bird of the Month: Ruddy Turnstone

Bird of the Month for January is the Ruddy Turnstone. Below is Ben Kolstad’s article from the January KITE.

Bird of the Month for January: Ruddy Turnstone

Kicking off this year’s “shorebird series” of birds of the month is a strikingly patterned shorebird that is a regular and common wintering species here in Palm Beach . . . → Read More: January 2016 Bird of the Month: Ruddy Turnstone

December 2015 Bird of the Month: Screech Owl

Bird of the Month for December is the Screech Owl. Below is Ben Kolstad’s article from the December KITE.

Bird of the Month for December: Screech Owl

Our December bird of the month is one of the most common, but infrequently encountered, birds in the county (unless you have an active nest box or . . . → Read More: December 2015 Bird of the Month: Screech Owl

2016 Birds-of-the-Month list

Bird of the Month Selections for 2016

By Clive Pinnock

 

2016 Birds of the Month will be these shorebirds seen in Florida.

 

Jan Ruddy Turnstone

Feb Sanderling

Mar Western Sandpiper

Apr Least Sandpiper

May Semipalmated Sandpiper

Jun Willet

Jul Lesser Yellowlegs

Aug Greater Yellowlegs

Sep Solitary Sandpiper

Oct Spotted Sandpiper

Nov Kildeer

Dec . . . → Read More: 2016 Birds-of-the-Month list

November 2015 Bird of the Month: Great Horned Owl

Bird of the Month for November is the Great Horned Owl. Below is Ben Kolstad’s article from the November KITE.

Bird of the Month for November: Great Horned Owl.

The Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) is a celebrated local resident. Instantly recognizable with its long ear tufts and penetrating gaze (although at least . . . → Read More: November 2015 Bird of the Month: Great Horned Owl