enjoying a view of the birds
Enjoying a view of the birds

19 People, including some new folks, enjoyed an lovely day of birding at the Blue Heron Wetlands in Titusville.  We filled their narrow road with nine vehicles. After finishing with the wetlands, we went to Shiloh Marsh for a little while and got some shorebirds and a loon.  Three days earlier, Ken and Margo saw a Red-throated Loon.  But this time, the bird was so far away, and the light was so flat, we could not see anything but that it was a Loon.  We finished with a lunch and recap at the Riverbreeze Park in Oak Hill, where we. Got Yellow-crowned Night Herons and Great Black-backed Gulls for a total of 57 species.  

List of species follows:

Wild Turkey, Pied-billed Grebes, American White and Brown Pelicans, Anhingas, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Cattle Egrets, Black-crowned and Ye;;ow-crowned Night Herons, White and Glossy Ibis and Roseate Spoonbills, Black and Turkey Vultures, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks, and American Kestrel. 

Also seen were: Sora, Common Gallinule, American Coots, Sandhill Cranes, Willets, Western and Least Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitchers, Ring-billed Gulls, Great Black-Backed Gulls, Forster’s and Royal Terns, Rock Pigeons, Belted Kingfishers, Eastern Phoebes, Blue Jays, Tree Swallows, Gray Catbirds, Northern Mockingbirds, Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers, Savannah Sparrow, Northern Cardinals, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common and Boat-tailed Grackles, and Brown-headed Cowbirds.