Mar 2016 Peacock’s Pocket Field Trip Report

Posted by on 28 Mar 2016 | Tagged as: birding

Black-necked StiltSeven folks, including three snowbirds, spent a beautiful day at the MINWR focusing on the Peacock’s Pocket road.

We first stopped at the bridge on SR406 and saw many scaups and an Osprey on the nest. Crossing the bridge there was a Horned Grebe and lots of Ring-billed Gulls. A few Black Skimmers let us watch them feeding.

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Audubon Park Field Trip Report, 29 Feb 2016

Posted by on 02 Mar 2016 | Tagged as: birding

Great EgretMany thanks to Eli Schaperow for taking the time to lead our group on this trip. Eli has been involved with the park since its inception and is very knowledgeable of its function as a storm water retention area and its other natural habitats and plant and wildlife species. This is a beautiful place for a walk in the woods whether one sees birds or not. But we did see birds from eagles, hawks and harrier to wading birds and ducks. Also 4 species of woodpecker, 6 species of warbler, gnatcatchers, kinglets, vireo and titmouse. A nice walk in the woods and very good day of birding. We ended with 45 species. Eli also introduced us to some orchids growing in the park.

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Lake Apopka Field Trip Report, February 13, 2016

Posted by on 02 Mar 2016 | Tagged as: birding

2nd year Bald EagleWe arrived at the entrance to the Wildlife Drive about 9 a.m. with 8 vehicles and 24 birders. The birders in the first couple cars saw a Bobcat walk from the bushes to the middle of the road where he stopped and watched us, then continued on his way and disappeared into the bushes on the other side of the road. At the pump house parking lot we heard a Marsh Wren singing and several of us were able to get fleeting glances as he moved from bush to bush. Except for a short lunch break at the Historic Pump Hose area we spent a leisure 6 hours covering the 11 miles. Other vehicle traffic was light so we were able to take our time and make frequent stops to scan with binoculars and scopes and take photos of those species that would cooperate. Most of the drive is through wetlands so we found all of the usual wading birds, a few ducks and fly over hawks and eagles.

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PIPING PLOVER SURVEY JANUARY 25, 2016

Posted by on 06 Feb 2016 | Tagged as: birding

 

DSC_6168Thanks to all who quickly juggled their schedules to help with the 2016 International Piping Plover Winter Census. We were originally scheduled to complete both the Piping Plover Survey and the Annual Winter Shorebird survey on January 27th. However, weather reports for the 27th were dismal. The Piping Plover survey is completed only once every five years and was deemed a priority so a last minute change was made to conduct the Plover survey only on January 25th.  Following a strategy meeting at Ken & Margo Wenzel’s house eight of us hit the beach to survey the 10 miles of shoreline from the Smyrna Dunes Park south boundary to the Canaveral National Seashore north boundary.

We reported 3 PIPLs – one with a band – and 30 Red Knots. The response to our reports from Billy Brooks, U S Fish & Wildlife Service coordinator was “Awesome”.

Dick & Gail

116TH PONCE INLET CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

Posted by on 06 Feb 2016 | Tagged as: birding

A big thanks to everyone who helped in this year’s count. We had 34 participants out in 12 teams so had good coverage of the circle. Team members spent a combined 92 hours covering over 15 miles on foot, 445 miles by vehicle and 20 miles by boat.

We ended with a tally of 128 species and over 89,000 individual birds including over 40,000 gulls at the landfill. We also added a previously never reported Franklin’s Gull to the circle list.

Great job everyone. Hope to see you all again next year.

NOTE: Osprey photo by Richard Fasse.

Dick & Gail

MERRITT ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, JANUARY 16, 2016

Posted by on 06 Feb 2016 | Tagged as: birding

DSC_6592Another great day to be out birding at Merritt Island. We started at the 406 causeway to view the shorebirds that gather there and then found a large number of Dunlin right at the entrance to West Gator Creek Road. Along with the Dunlin there were Least & Western Sandpiper, Willett, Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstones and Lesser Yellowlegs all within 20 feet or so of the road. Continue Reading »

BLUE HERON WETLANDS, JANUARY 30, 2016

Posted by on 06 Feb 2016 | Tagged as: birding

DSC_6994This trip was originally scheduled for Viera Wetlands however recent heavy rains caused the dike driving roads to be closed. So, we regrouped and went to the Blue Heron Wetlands. Although not as large a wetlands as Viera, we spent about 3 hours and were pleased with the change. There were only two other vehicles on the drive so our group was able to take our time and stop to scan open water and marsh areas.   Continue Reading »

Dec 2015 MINWR FIELD TRIP REPORT

Posted by on 09 Jan 2016 | Tagged as: birding

 

Green HeronFor our last trip of 2015 we went to one of our favorite hot spots – Merritt Island. We started the day by singing happy Birthday to Maureen Picard and were delighted that she chose to join us on her birthday.

Our first stop was at the Parrish Park causeway where we saw Lesser Scaup, several species of shorebirds and a Horned Grebe. Our first stop on the Wildlife Drive was for a feeding frenzy right at the edge of the drive. Species included Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blues, Tricolors, White & Glossy Ibis, Rosette Spoonbills and Hooded & Red-breasted Merganser. It was a really great opportunity for the photographers. At stop # 6 there were Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitcher, Black-bellied Plover, Least Sandpiper & Caspian & Forster’s Tern.   Continue Reading »

Wings on Wind Festival Report

Posted by on 20 Nov 2015 | Tagged as: birding

2015nov_sevas_mscThe Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet sponsored the annual Wings on the Wind festival at the center on Nov 14.  SEVAS participated with a booth.  Dick, Lamont and I set up the table and worked the crowds and later Jake and Leslie came to help out.  It was a fun day.  We met with and engaged lots of people who were obviously conservation-minded and who left with some of our posters, rack cards and other souvenirs.   Continue Reading »

Field Trip, Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve, Nov 7, 2015

Posted by on 20 Nov 2015 | Tagged as: birding

 

green_heronWe visited 3 of the 5 access points for the preserve, Creek Shore Trail, Martin’s Dairy Road and the Spruce Creek Park entrance on U S 1. It was a beautiful day and none of the areas were crowded. At Creek Shore Trail we first heard a Barred Owl and then saw several first of season Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers. A couple in our group were fairly sure they saw a Burrowing Owl perched on a fence post separating the two open fields  At the new Canoe/Kayak launch area we heard several Clapper Rail and even had a quick glance at one. Also saw 2 Green Heron perched on a small mangrove and heard Pileated and Red-bellied Woodpeckers calling from the old large Oaks, Magnolia and Hickory Nut trees. Then 6 of our group of 8 walked the trail between Creek Shore and Martin’s Dairy road to check the Scrub Habitat Restoration Project and look for Scrub Jays. No Jays were seen or heard.  Fortunately the 6 had a good navigator for the 1.7 mile hike as there is a maze of trails between the two areas.   Continue Reading »

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