Ten of us spent a beautiful day at Orlando Wetlands Park. We left Edgewater with no expectation of getting a trolley ride since Joe was not able to make contact with the park official who schedules them. But when we got to the park, there was a trolley and a volunteer who told us it was available. And all our group would fit.

The volunteer was very enthusiastic about birding and was very knowledgeable of the birds and their normal locations in the park.

She took us to Oyler Overlook, from which we could see a spectacular rookery. There were storks and cranes and egrets beginning the nesting process.  As we approached the hill, we saw what we thought was a Sandhill Crane sitting on a nest.  We had lots of great birds like Limpkins, Purple Gallinules, an immature Bald Eagle, and even  two Red-shouldered Hawks mating.

After the park, we stopped at the airboat launch and caught another Bald Eagle, a Crested Caracara, and a flock of about 200 American White Pelicans.

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A great day for birding and a total of 51 species.

Blue-winged Teal
Pied-billed Grebe
American White Pelican
Double-crested Comorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Littile Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Wood Stork
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Crested Caracara
Common Gallinue
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Greater Yellowlegs
Long-billed Dowitcher
Ring-billed Gull
Caspian Tern
Forster’s Tern
Rock Pigeon
Morning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gray Catbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Palm Warbler
Savannah Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle