Palm WarblerSeven of us braved the below-freezing chill factor to head out to Merritt Island NWR. We approached via downtown Titusville and stopped at the bridge. There was a horned Grebe on the South side of the bridge and a pair of Common Loons on the North side. There were several shorebirds on the East side. At Gator Creek Rd, which was barricaded because of the extreme storm damage, we saw more shorebirds and a Bonaparte’s Gull. It took a walk up Pumphouse Rd to see a large flock of American Avocets. A fourth year Bald Eagle was perched on a power pole, totally unconcerned by our approaches to photograph it.

By 11:00 o’clock, we were shedding layers as the temperature rose, the sun came out, and the wind stopped.

There were a few ducks, such as American Wigeon, Northern Pintails, Blue-winged Teal.

At the bathroom/tower stop, there was a very congenial Palm Warbler that just stayed and posed for us for about ten minutes.

All in all, it was a very good day with 72 species counted.


Bald Eagle

Species list:

American Avocet
American Coot
American Crow
American White Pelican
American Wigeon
Bald Eagle
Belted Kingfisher
Black Vulture
Black-bellied Plover
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Blue-winged Teal
Boat-tailed Grackle
Bonaparte’s Gull
Brown Pelican
Caspian Tern
Cattle Egret
Common Gallinule
Common Loon
Common Yellowthroat
Double-crested Cormorant
Downy Woodpecker
European Starling
Fish Crow
Forster’s Tern
Glossy Ibis
Gray Catbird
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Greater Yellowlegs
Green Heron
Hooded Merganser
Horned Grebe
Laughing Gull
Least Sandpiper
Lesser Scaup
Lesser Yellowlegs
Little Blue Heron
Loggerhead Shrike
Long-billed Dowitcher
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
Northern Harrier
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Painted Bunting
Palm Warbler
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird
Reddish Egret
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Roseate Spoonbill
Royal Tern
Ruddy Turnstone
Sandhill Crane
Semipalmated Plover
Snowy Egret
Tree Swallow
Tricolored Heron
Turkey Vulture
Western Sandpiper
White Ibis
Wood Stork
Yellow-rumped Warbler