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MINWR Field Trip, 22 Feb 2019

Posted by on 02 Mar 2019 | Tagged as: birding

Skimmers on the pavement
Skimmers on the pavement

It was a warm, partly sunny and partly cloudy day, when 11 members met.  It was supposed to be a field trip to Orlando Wetlands Park, which many of us were eager to do.  But, after hearing from the Wenzel’s and Halifax River AS that there were few birds because of lots of heavy equipment refurbishing the environment there, we decided to go to MINWR.  The trip started at the Max Brewer bridge in Titusville where we sighted some Common Loons and then, to the East, a large number of Black Skimmers on the pavement.  A little farther East, on the South side of the road, were lots of shorebirds, including Dunlins, American Avocets and  Black-necked Stilts.  Check 0out our Facebook page for Richard’s photo of the Loon.

On the Wildlife Drive, there were several species of ducks, including Coots, Common Gallinules, Northern Shovelers, Ring-necked Ducks and Blue-winged Teal.  We also saw most of the Herons and Egrets.  At the end of the Drive, the old Eagle’s nest had two adult Bald Eagles tending it.  

We went to the Visitor Center for lunch and recap.  There we saw White-eyed Vireo, Painted Bunting, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.  

On our trip out of the refuge on Rte3, we saw a  Scrub Jay, an Eastern Towhee, and another pair of adult Bald Eagles tending a nest.

All in all, we saw a total of 71 species.  A great day for the chapter.

Green Heron

Kildeer

Winter Shorebird Survey

Posted by on 26 Feb 2019 | Tagged as: birding

200+ Black Skimmers

On Feb 1, a very foggy day with a very high tide, Richard Fasse and I drove and walked the beach during the Winter Shorebird Survey, sponsored by the FWC. 725 birds participated. Our favorites were the over 200 Black Skimmers and 11 Red Knots, none of them banded.

Jan 11, 2019 Blue Heron Wetlands Field Trip

Posted by on 25 Jan 2019 | Tagged as: birding

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.

Don

Spruce Creek Field Trip, Oct 9, 2018

Posted by on 22 Oct 2018 | Tagged as: birding

Our local weather was indirectly influenced by Hurricane Michael Oct 9th. Before day light a heavy rain storm came in off the ocean. The rest of the morning we dodged light, fast moving showers. Did see 21 bird species without getting too far from shelter. Species seen,

Mottled Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, White Ibis, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Clapper Rail (heard, not seen), Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Fish Crow, Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird and Common Grackle.

Do come join us for our next field trip.

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge  (3)

Sat Nov 10

We’ll walk wooded trails looking for songbirds and the dike trail around impoundment looking for waders and shore birds. Bring water, snacks and bug spray. And lunch if you want to picnic.

Questions, call Gail,  386-428-0447 or 386-690-0562

Indian River Lagoon Park field trip,  Oct 6, 2018

Posted by on 22 Oct 2018 | Tagged as: birding

We had a beautiful day for our first field trip of the season.  Glad to welcome a new birder. The park offers a short scenic loop trail through woods. Great habitat for birding.  There is also a wooded trail to the Indian River Lagoon where you will have a good view of Browns Bay. Tide was very high so we didn’t see many wading birds. Nice dock for fishing at end of trail.

Birds we saw at park, Northern Mocking Bird, Blue Jay, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Fish Crow, Mourning Dove, Red-winged Black Bird, Brown Pelican, Great Blue Heron, White Ibis, Carolina Wren and Common Grackle. Did see one warbler but he hid before we could identify him.

Later that afternoon a few birds put down in my back yard. Always fun to watch.  Summer Tanager feeding on the few remaining Simpson’s stopper berries. Red-eyed Vireo feeding on poke and beauty berries, Northern Oriole and Ruby-throated Humming Bird feeding at Turk’s Cap and humming bird feeder. American Red Start and Black-throated Blue Warbler hopping among leaves picking off bugs. Prairie Warbler taking bath at mister.  One lone green Painted Bunting at feeder.  Brown Thrasher feeding on beauty berries. Haven’t seen or heard a Cat Bird yet this season.  Please do join us on our field trips.      Happy Birding, Gail

March Hontoon Island State Park Field Trip Report

Posted by on 03 Apr 2018 | Tagged as: birding

Our planned boat trip was cancelled so our group decided to visit Hontoon Island State Park.  A beautiful state park in Deland on the St Johns River.  All the park rangers and volunteers we met were very friendly and helpful.  We walked to the large Indian mound on the island, a three mile round trip. Well worth the walk.  In several places along the trail the tree tops were full of little birds.  We also saw and heard quite a few woodpeckers. A hairy woodpecker being the bird of the day. 

41 Species Seen Continue Reading »

March 18 Viera Wetlands Field Trip Report

Posted by on 03 Apr 2018 | Tagged as: birding

 Our trip to Viera Wetlands was a little later in the season than usual so we missed seeing more duck species This year we did see a lot more houses where just a few years ago there had been fields full of sod and sometime shore birds.  At the wetlands we did see small flocks of Ring-necked Duck.  The Great Blue Herons were nesting on the tops of dead sable palms. Was interesting watching the adult herons feeding the hunger young birds. Also saw several White Ibis nest with young.  The Swallow-tailed kite was the first one we have seen this year.            

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Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive Field Trip Report

Posted by on 04 Mar 2018 | Tagged as: birding

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. Continue Reading »

Feb 2018 Orlando Wetlands Park Field Trip Report

Posted by on 17 Feb 2018 | Tagged as: birding

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.

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Jan 13, 2018 MINWR Field Trip Report

Posted by on 23 Jan 2018 | Tagged as: birding

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. Continue Reading »

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