DSC_6592Another great day to be out birding at Merritt Island. We started at the 406 causeway to view the shorebirds that gather there and then found a large number of Dunlin right at the entrance to West Gator Creek Road. Along with the Dunlin there were Least & Western Sandpiper, Willett, Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstones and Lesser Yellowlegs all within 20 feet or so of the road. At the Visitor Center the male Painted Bunting proudly posed for up close photos and views. The Wildlife Drive was busy with traffic but everyone there was friendly and enjoying the day. We found one good feeding frenzy of mixed species and at least 9 species of duck including several Redheads. The flats at stop 6 produced a variety of shorebirds including more Dunlin, Sandpipers, Plovers and both Long and Short-billed Dowitcher.

Dick & Gail

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Canada Goose

Mottled Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Pintail

Northern Shoveler


Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Hooded Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Pied-billed Grebe

Wood Stork

Double-crested Comorant


American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Littile Blue heron

Tricolored Heron

Reddish Egret

Green Heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture


Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Red-shouldered Hawk

Clapper Rail


Common Gallinue

American Coot

Sandhill Crane

Black-bellied Plover

Semipalmated Plover


American Avocet

Greater Yellowlegs


Lesser Yellowlegs

Ruddy Turnstone


Western Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper


Short-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Caspian Tern

Forster’s Tern

Royal Tern

Sandwich Tern

Black Skimmer

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared Dove

Morning Dove

Belted Kingfisher

American Kestrel

Eastern Phoebe

Loggerhead Shrike

Fish Crow

Tree Swallow

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Palm Warbler

Northern Cardinal

Painted Bunting

Red-winged Blackbird

Commom Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird