Enchanted Forest and Wildlife Encounter Field Trip Report – March 18 2018

Five members of our Board of Directors were on board to launch a very large group of 38 folks. We even had a master naturalist from the forest to also chime in. Jim Stahl was there for some plant identification. Carol Hebert, President of the Conradina chapter of the Native Plant Society also pitched in.

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Birds and Brew Field Trip – Feb 25 2018

Jeff and Rochelle led 20 birders around the Viera Wetlands on Sunday Morning and spotted an impressive 51 species. Although the ducks were few and far between we managed to find several raptors and some our the wetlands more secretive residents.  To review what we heard and saw, see the list below.

After a couple hours on the wetlands, the group drove to Pizza Gallery and had pizza and salad which was provided by Space Coast Audubon.  As usual, a good time was had by all.

Blue-winged Teal

Ring-billed Duck

Hooded Merganser

Pied-billed Grebe

Wood Stork

Double-crested Cormorant

Anhinga

White Pelican

American Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Green Heron

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Cattle Egret

Black-crowned Night Heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Common Gallinule

American Coot

Limpkin

Sandhill Crane

Killdeer

Mourning Dove

Kingfisher

Crested Caracara

Eastern Phoebe

Kestrel

Great Crested Flycatcher

Shrike

Fish Crow

Tree Swallow

Catbird

Mockingbird

Palm Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Cardinal

Red-winged Black Bird

Boat-tailed Grackle

Common Grackle

Meadowlark

Savannah Sparrow

Common Yellowthroat

 

TM Goodwin Field Trip Report – Feb 8 2018

David Simpson led 15 birders through several sections of the greater TM Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area on a beautiful Thursday morning.  Below is the list that David submitted to eBird broken down into three units:

North Brevard Hotspots Field Trip – Feb 10, 2018

Doug took us to several locations in North Brevard County to see a variety of song birds and water fowl.  The highlight of the trip of course was his neighborhood and backyard.  The group consisting of 18 birders from beginner to expert, saw 58 species.

Pied billed Grebe

American Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Tricolored Heron

Little Blue Heron

Cattle Egret

White Ibis

Wood Stork

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Wood Duck

Cackling Goose

Pecan Duck

Snipe

Osprey

Eagle

Red-shouldered Hawk

Re-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

Coot

Caspian Tern

Black Skimmer

Eurasian Collared Dove

White –winged Dove

Mourning Dove

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Blue Jay

Scrub Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Tree Swallow

Carolina Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Mockingbird

Brown Thrasher

Starling

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Pine Warbler

Palm Warbler

Swamp Sparrow

Cardinal

Painted Bunting

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Crackle

House Finch

House Sparrow

Turkey

Canada Geese

 

100 Acre Hollow Field Trip – Feb 4, 2018

Over 40 birders attended the 100 Acre Hollow Field Trip.  David Simpson located 31species for us

 

 

2
Mottled Duck
1
Wood Stork
3
Double-crested Cormorant
10
American White Pelican
7
Great Egret
9
Little Blue Heron
15
Glossy Ibis
5
Black Vulture
2
Turkey Vulture
2
Osprey
1
Northern Harrier
1
Sharp-shinned Hawk
1
Bald Eagle
1
Red-shouldered Hawk
1
Red-tailed Hawk
1
Sora
2
Sandhill Crane
1
Pileated Woodpecker
1
American Kestrel
4
Eastern Phoebe
48
Fish Crow
10
Tree Swallow
1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
30
American Robin
1
Gray Catbird
1
Northern Mockingbird
10
Cedar Waxwing
1
Palm Warbler
5
Yellow-rumped Warbler
3
Savannah Sparrow
10
Common Grackle

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip – Feb 3 2018

Marilyn and 21 birders drove along Black Point Drive and surrounding area for a wonderful day of birding.  Our count was 76 species

Gadwall

Wigeon

Blue-winged Teal

Shoveler

Lesser Scaup

Hooded Merganser

Loon

White Pelican

Pied-billed Grebe

Brown Pelican

Cormorant

Anhinga

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolor Heron

Reddish Egret

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Wood Stork

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Harrier

Red-shouldered Hawk

Kestrel

Clapper Rail

Sora

Common Gallinule

Coot

Semipalmiated Plover

Killdeer

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Ruddy Turnstone

Sanderling

Least Sandpiper

Bonaparte’s Gull

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Caspian Tern

Forster’s Tern

Royal Tern

Black Skimmer

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove

Great Horned Owl

Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Flicker

Phoebe

Loggerhead Shrike

Fish Crow

Tree Swallow

Carolina Wren

Robin

Gray Catbird

Mocking Bird

Starling

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Pine Warbler

Palm Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

 

Beginning Birding at Viera Wetlands Trip Report – Jan 21 2018

Debra and Rochelle meet with 28 Birders at Viera Wetlands.  They gave the group a short intro into birding ID and handed out abridged birding guides to new birders.  We headed out in  3 groups to drive the wetlands.  Each group had several experienced birders to help with the newer members.  A fun time was had by all.  In addition to the 39 bird species listed below. there were lots of alligators to keep us entertained

Great Horned Owl

Boat-tailed Grackle

Anhinga

Pied-billed Grebe

Ring-necked Duck

Common Gallinule

Purple Gallinule

Great Blue Heron

Cardinal

Coot

Belted Kingfisher

Sora

Red-shouldered Hawk

Ruddy Duck

Palm Warbler

Turkey Vulture

Double-crested Cormorant

Black Vulture

Pine Warbler

Robin

Harrier

Killdeer

Hooded Merganser

Fish Crow

Tri-colored Heron

Tree Swallow

Savannah Sparrow

Great Egret

Osprey

Morning Dove

Shrike

Pheobe

Bald Eagle

Sand Hill Crane

Cedar Waxwing

Green Heron

Blue Wing Teal

Little Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

 

Vero Wetlands Field Trip – Jan 20, 2018

George and 25 birders explored the Vero Beach Wetland on a cool and sunny day.  In additon to some  plyful otters here is what we saw:

Wood Stork

Red-shouldered Hawk

Pied-billed Grebe

Mocking Bird

Coot

Cormorant

Ahinga

Great Blue Heron

Tricolor Heron

Osprey

Cattle Egret

Kingfisher

Blue Jay

Fish Crow

Tree Swallow

Robin

Boat-tailed Grackle

Little Blue Heron

Shoevler

Cardnal

Hooded Merganser

Cat Bird

Blue wing Teal

Sora

Ring-neck Duck

Great Blue Heron

Rudy Duck

Common Yellowthroat

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Sand Hill Crane

Pilleated Woodpecker

Black and White Warbler

Pararie Warbler

Glossy Ibis

Green Heron

Pheobe

Yellow rump warbler

Great Egret

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Ring-billed Gull

Red-wing Blackbird

White Ibis

Palm Warbler

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Morning Dove

Snowy Egret

Cattle Egret

Wilson’s Snipe

Sandhill Crane