Great Blue HeronEight folks enjoyed a rather spectacular morning of birding in Buschman Park, Port Orange.  As we gathered in the parking lot, we were met by a woman and her dogs who had just come from the park’s interior.  She told us she saw a pair of Barred Owls and that got us psyched. We crossed the bridge and went to the left to keep the sun out of our eyes.  Our first sighting was a Little Blue Heron and then a very scruffy, worn Great Blue Heron.    

Shortly thereafter, more birds came into view along the canal and it was promising to be a good morning.  Within the next half hour, we sighted a Peregrine Falcon and a Cooper’s Hawk. Then came the warblers,  the Cape May, Magnolia and Yellow-throated.  We even heard some Sandhill Cranes.

Just as we were finishing the “woodsy” part, a Barred Owl flew into our view and spent quite a while with us.

A total list of 35 species in just about 3 hours.

Species list:

American Crow

American Redstart

Bald Eagle

Barred Owl

Black Vulture

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Boat-tailed Grackle

Cape May Warbler

Carolina Wren

Cattle Egret

Common Yellowthroat

Cooper’s Hawk

Downy Woodpecker

Fish Crow

Gray Catbird

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Green Heron

Little Blue Heron

Magnolia Warbler

Northern Cardinal

Northern Mockingbird

Osprey

Peregrine Falcon

Pileated Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Ring-billed Gull

Sandhill Crane

Snowy Egret

Tricolored Heron

Tufted Titmouse

Turkey Vulture

Wood Stork

Yellow-throated Warbler

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