cold birders Seven hardy folks braved the cold and somewhat rainy, but certainly raw, Florida wintery day to visit Riverbreeze Park. 

We started in Seminole Rest since Joe went past the turn to Riverbreeze and stopped by the traffic light in Oak Hill.  Don suggested we go to Seminole Rest since it was pretty close by.  It was very productive, netting us the bulk of our species for the day. 

Then we went to the overlook by Goodrich’s Restaurant and checked out the area.  Not much there. No White Pelicans yet, but some Blue-winged Teal flew by.  Then Joe said he would buy us all a hot drink in the restaurant.  We were all OK with that.  As we were being seated, the servers brought out menus and Joe upped his offer to breakfast for everyone.  Thank you, Joe.

Feeling fueled and ready to hit it again, Gail suggested Shiloh, so off we went.  Not very productive, but White Pelicans and Roseate Spoonbills, and Glossy Ibis added to our species count.  Duck hunting season was open so the only ducks we saw were in the bed of a pickup truck.

Then we finally went to Riverbreeze Park but only saw five Yellow-crowned Night Herons.  Don gave a lesson on digiscoping and we adjourned for the tally.

We saw 40 species, so not too bad.

Top photo by Richard Fasse.  Photos below by Don Picard.

Little Blue Heron _white

spoonbill, snowy and tri-coloredGreat Egret

 

Species list:

American White Pelican
Anhinga
Belted Kingfisher
Black Vulture
Blue-winged Teal
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Fish Crow
Forster’s Tern
Glossy Ibis
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Greater Yellowlegs
Green Heron
Herring Gull
Killdeer
Laughing Gull
Little Blue Heron
Northern Cardinal
Osprey
Palm Warbler
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-shouldered Hawk
Reddish Egret
Ring-billed Gull
Roseate Spoonbill
Royal Tern
Sandhill Crane
Sandwich Tern
Snowy Egret
Spotted Sandpiper
Tricolored Heron
Turkey Vulture
White Ibis
Willet
Wood Stork
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron