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 »


Posted by on 07 Nov 2015 | Tagged as: birding

dunlin on beachI walk the beach three times per week and have for cardio excercise for many years. My route is the mile and a half from 27th Ave park to Hiles Blvd. I have never seen Dunlins on the beach. Last week, on Thursday, I saw one with a group of Sanderlings. I felt it so unusual that I had to get pictures and research the matter. Turns out that Dunlins winter on beaches in addition to the mud flats we are accustomed to seeing them on. This according to Sibley’s Guide.


Posted by on 27 Oct 2015 | Tagged as: birding

Snowy Egret on MangroveBuschman Park in Port Orange can be a great place to bird during Migration – Great Habitat. We were fortunate to have 5 very good birders from Halifax River Audubon join our group for this trip. They were a big help finding and identifying those little birds flitting around in the tree tops. We found 5 warbler species, Red and White Eyed Vireo, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Continue Reading »

Latest photos of WIPL and LETE by Don

Posted by on 05 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: birding

My last photos (May 27) of the Bethune Beach activity included a WIPL chick and a Least Tern.

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Wilson’s Plovers Survey at Bethune Beach, May 21

Posted by on 21 May 2015 | Tagged as: birding

pontoon_boat-1Dick and Gail and I went out at 9:00 this morning, about 2 hours before high tide.  We found nine chicks with parents and six eggs in nests with parents nearby.


WIPL1: 2 adults and three chicks.

WIPL2: 2 adults and three chicks

WIPL 3: Three eggs

WIPL 4: nothing seen

WIIPL5: 2 adults and three chicks.

WIPL6: three eggs.

If you are interested in seeing the chicks, you have to be patient.  They are spending quite a bit of time in the vegetation in the dunes.  Once you see an adult, wait for a few minutes and look around.  The chicks seem to come out of nowhere.

The new signs posted where the chicks are are precious.


Bethune Beach WIPL report, 19 May 2015

Posted by on 19 May 2015 | Tagged as: birding

DSC_5039Lamont and I visited the sites and found two families of two adults and three chicks.


WIPL 1, no activity but since there was one chick two days ago, maybe on of the families is what we saw.

WIPL 2 Two adults and three chicks on beach in vicinity of that nest site. Continue Reading »

Wilson’s Plovers nesting on Bethune Beach, One chick

Posted by on 17 May 2015 | Tagged as: birding, outreach

DSC_5009In February, Ken started to ask for help in getting stewards on the Bethune Beach section of New Smyrna Beach to monitor the nests of Wilson’s Plovers he expected to see there this year.  They started nesting there last year, I believe one or two nests, and some of the residents were pretty callous about where they walked and where they let their dogs illegally run off leash. Continue Reading »

Gardens by the Bay by Ken

Posted by on 09 May 2015 | Tagged as: Wandering Members

Beth and I decided to visit Gardens by the Bay before we left Singapore.  This exposition sits on 250 acres of reclaimed land near the Marina Bay Sands (Hotel).   First stage was opened in 2012 and the rest came onstream in 2013.  It is an amazing place.

I elected not to carry my binoculars, a mistake.  As we detaxied, we heard the call of a White-throated Kingfisher and soon saw him on a high branch.  We saw several other birds and I’m sure could have seen many more had I had my bins. Continue Reading »

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