November 2013

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Merritt Island NWR Field Trip, 22 Nov 2013

Posted by on 30 Nov 2013 | Tagged as: birding

_DSC4773A small group traveled to Merritt Island to look for ducks and shore birds. On the way, we stopped several places along Highway 3 to look for song birds. We found a variety of small birds among the plentiful Yellow-rumped Warblers. We also were able to find several Scrub Jays for our guest from North Carolina who had not seen them before. There is a new Eagles nest along Hwy 3.

Good thing we saw the small birds early as the ducks had flown the coop. Don’t know where they are but we did not see a single duck on the wildlife drive or drive to beach and only a small flock of Black Scoter off Biolab road. We did find a few American Avocets, Dowitcher, Willets and Dunlin along the wildlife drive and listed 65 species overall.   Continue Reading »

Apopka Restoration Area Field Trip, Nov 16, 2013

Posted by on 30 Nov 2013 | Tagged as: birding

e_meadowlark_webSix people from our chapter joined West Volusia’s field trip to Lake Apopka. Members from Seminole Audubon were also on the trip. It’s always fun and interesting to bird with members from other chapters. The trip was led by Harry Robinson, an excellent leader who knew where to find particular birds from his experiences with Lake Apopka surveys. Harry even knew where to flush a Barn Owl so most had a good look and some got photos. We saw 71 species overall and likely could have had more but we were rained out just after noon.  Continue Reading »

Oct 2013 Field Trip Report

Posted by on 03 Nov 2013 | Tagged as: birding

spoonbill_webOur trip was originally scheduled for Gemini Springs/Green Springs. However, since only 4 people showed up for our first trip of the season, we decided to forgo the longer trip and went to Spruce Creek Park to look for migrants. We listed 30 species overall including 3 species of Warbler. Everyone enjoyed walking in the woods on a beautiful Florida fall day.

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A nostalgic return to a favorite lake

Posted by on 03 Nov 2013 | Tagged as: Wandering Members

I was back in Alberta for a few days in mid-October and had time to go back to the old farm where I grew up.

A mile west of the farmsite is a 1500 to 2000 acre stagnant lake. It and the wild rice marshes attached to it have always been a favored stopping point for ducks during the fall migration. Continue Reading »