Great turnout for this field trip! 29 Birders divided into 3 groups to check out Turkey Creek. The birding was a little slow but we still had fun, got in a nice walk, and still counted 39 species. See the complete list below:
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:
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
Tom led our group of 16 birders to a sunrise start at Three Lakes WMA on a mild Saturday morning. We arrived a little later than planned which diminished our changes to see the Red Cockaded Woodpecker but we did see 53 species including a Blue-headed Vireo and a Bobwhite.
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.
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.
Mark led 8 birders on a cool and sunny day to Circle B Bar Preserve where we saw 42 species including Barred and Great Horned Owls with chicks.
Below is the list that Mark and 17 birders saw on Saturday at Orlando Wetlands. 50 species counted. Continue reading “Orlalndo Wetlands Encore Field Trip – Feb 24, 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.
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-winged Black Bird
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: