Vero Beach Field Trip Report – Jan 12, 2019

George led 24 birders down toward Vero Beach only to find out that the Wetlands were closed due to animal control problems.  We never found out if the problem was an alligator or an infected rodent or some sick critter.

We changed our plans to an alternate location at TM Goodwin where the group collectively saw 44 species.  All in all a beautiful and productive morning.


Wood Stork



Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolor Heron

Cattle Egret

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Blue Vulture

Turkey Vulture



Red-shouldered Hawk

Purple Gallinule

Common Gallinule


Sandhill Crane

Wilson’s Snipe

Ring-billed Gull

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove


Red-bellied Woodpecker



Loggerhead Shrike

Blue Jay

Scrub Jay

Fish Crow

Tree Swallow



Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow rumped Warbler

Savannah Sparrow


Boat-tailed Grackle




Blue Heron Field Trip Report – December 16, 2018

Matt and Lora led approx 30 birders through the Blue Heron Wetlands on beautiful Sunday morning. Below are the 40 species we saw or heard that day.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)  5
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  7
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  20
Sora (Porzana carolina)  5
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)  22
American Coot (Fulica americana)  32
Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica)  2
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  1
Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)  1
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)  25
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  10
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)  17
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)  2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  5
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  4
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)  4
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)  8
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)  6
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)  7
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  3
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)  12
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)  3
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)  6
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  4
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  2
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)  1     immature
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)  2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  3
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  3
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  150
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  2
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  3
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  2
Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)  30
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  3
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  70
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  3

Beginning Birding at Viera Wetlands Trip Report – Oct 21, 2018

Jeff and Rochelle hosted our beginning birding class at Viera Wetland on Sunday, Oct 21 2018. We started with some treats that Rochelle brought and then David and Dee gave our attendees an informative talk on birding basis. David led us on a driving tour around the wetlands for approx 1.5 hours. There were a total of 17 birders including the hosts. The list below is courtesy of David Simpson (posted on eBird)

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Mead Botanical Gardens Field Trip – April 14, 2018

Jim led 12 birders to Mead Botanical Gardens on Sunday to look for migrating warblers and interesting plant life.  The combination of learning about native and exotic species of plants as well as a productive morning of birding, made for a delightful visit to the Winter Park area just north of Orlando.  We were able to locate the pair of Barred Owls that have taken up residence at the gardens.  Our group sat down to a nice lunch After an easy  2 1/2 hour walk and tabulated the following 38 species:

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Tosohatachee Field Trip Report – April 8, 2018

We had 14 birders and plant enthusiasts join us for the adventure. Each driver had a walkie-talkie, so birds were pointed out even on route to Tosahatchee. Our board of directors was well represented with Deborah Longman Marien, Lora Losi, myself, and Jim Stahl handling the plant portion. If you look at the bird list…you will see that this particular location is very nice indeed. When we weren’t working birds…Jim was pointing out many, many native plants including some rare ones. This year we had our lunch picnic way out at Lake Charlie….and everyone loved the location. We only do this trip once per year, so don’t miss it next year. Matt Heyden

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Green Cay and Wakodahatchee Field Trip Report – Mar 24, 25 2018

Jeff and 12 birders drove a couple hours south of Melbourne to Boynton Beach to check out both Green Cay and Wakodahatchee.  Some of us drove down on Friday night to be ready for an 8 AM start at Wokodahatchee and then tour Green Cay before driving home.  Several members did the entire trip all on Saturday or on Sunday. Others took the more leisurely route and birded Green Cay on Saturday and Wakodahatchee on Sunday.  Both days were delightful, lots of sun but mild temperatures.  Below are the lists compiled by Bert and posted on eBird.

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