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.

The last mile or so is more upland and we finally found a lone Krider’s Hawk. As we watched the hawk a nice flock of Cedar Waxwing landed in a tree right next to us. While waiting to go out the gate an Eastern Kingbird was spotted and the Krider’s Hawk flew over again. Overall a beautiful day to be out birding and we ended up with 59 species.

Dick & Gail

Mottled Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
American White Pelican
Double-crested Comorant
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Littile Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Wood Stork
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Common Gallinue
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Ring-billed Gull
Forster’s Tern
Rock Pigron
Morning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Carolina Wren
Marsh Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Savannah Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird