It was a blustery start to the day for the 34 volunteers participating in the 2017 Ponce Inlet Christmas Bird Count.  It started as 45 degrees and calm wind, and the wind soon stopped being calm.  It was really overcast, but by noon, turned more sunny.  All teams reported fewer numbers of birds, probably because they were tucked in against the cold.

We had plenty of volunteers to fill all the teams, and everybody enjoyed the day.  The wrap-up at Blackbeard’s was also a hit.

My best times came as this Osprey was begging to have its photo taken, and a flyover of Smyrna Dunes Park by about 20 American White Pelicans.

In all, our teams spotted 133 species and 76640 individual birds.  This includes a Western Tanager and a Saltmarsh Sparrow which will require the dreaded “Rare Bird Identification Form”.

Thanks to all the volunteers who participated.