Ten of us spent a beautiful day of birding at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. We started with a group trying to get eyes on a bunch of birds, but they never stayed in one place long enough to get scopes or bins on them. Then we got a pair of Eurasian Collared Doves. At the next stop, we got the Ash-throated Flycatcher, which stayed in the area for lots of photos. We tried to find the Vermillion Flycatcher, but no luck. But we did get a Merlin on a power line.  At the lunch stop, Richard found a Wilson’s Snipe and a large alligator in close proximity.  In all, over fifty species including an immature Bald Eagle, a Merlin, and a Northern Harrier.

 

 

 

 

 

Species List:
American Coot
Anhinga
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Bald Eagle
Belted Kingfisher
Black-necked Stilt
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Blue-winged Teal
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown Thrasher
Brown-headed Cowbird
Carolina Wren
Cattle Egret
Common Gallinule
Common Grackle
Double-crested Cormorant
Eastern Phoebe
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Fish Crow
Glossy Ibis
Gray Catbird
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Greater Yellowlegs
House Wren
Lesser Yellowlegs
Little Blue Heron
Merlin
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
Northern Harrier
Northern Mockingbird
Osprey
Palm Warbler
Pied-billed Grebe
Purple Gallinule
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-necked Duck
Sandhill Crane
Savannah Sparrow
Snowy Egret
Sora
Tree Swallow
Tricolored Heron
Turkey Vulture
White Ibis
Wilson’s Snipe
Yellow-rumped Warbler