March 2016

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Mar 2016 Peacock’s Pocket Field Trip Report

Posted by on 28 Mar 2016 | Tagged as: birding

Black-necked StiltSeven folks, including three snowbirds, spent a beautiful day at the MINWR focusing on the Peacock’s Pocket road.

We first stopped at the bridge on SR406 and saw many scaups and an Osprey on the nest. Crossing the bridge there was a Horned Grebe and lots of Ring-billed Gulls. A few Black Skimmers let us watch them feeding.

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Audubon Park Field Trip Report, 29 Feb 2016

Posted by on 02 Mar 2016 | Tagged as: birding

Great EgretMany thanks to Eli Schaperow for taking the time to lead our group on this trip. Eli has been involved with the park since its inception and is very knowledgeable of its function as a storm water retention area and its other natural habitats and plant and wildlife species. This is a beautiful place for a walk in the woods whether one sees birds or not. But we did see birds from eagles, hawks and harrier to wading birds and ducks. Also 4 species of woodpecker, 6 species of warbler, gnatcatchers, kinglets, vireo and titmouse. A nice walk in the woods and very good day of birding. We ended with 45 species. Eli also introduced us to some orchids growing in the park.

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Lake Apopka Field Trip Report, February 13, 2016

Posted by on 02 Mar 2016 | Tagged as: birding

2nd year Bald EagleWe arrived at the entrance to the Wildlife Drive about 9 a.m. with 8 vehicles and 24 birders. The birders in the first couple cars saw a Bobcat walk from the bushes to the middle of the road where he stopped and watched us, then continued on his way and disappeared into the bushes on the other side of the road. At the pump house parking lot we heard a Marsh Wren singing and several of us were able to get fleeting glances as he moved from bush to bush. Except for a short lunch break at the Historic Pump Hose area we spent a leisure 6 hours covering the 11 miles. Other vehicle traffic was light so we were able to take our time and make frequent stops to scan with binoculars and scopes and take photos of those species that would cooperate. Most of the drive is through wetlands so we found all of the usual wading birds, a few ducks and fly over hawks and eagles.

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