Recap - Orlando Wetlands 2/6/19 Seven excited folks joined us for our annual OWP bird trip and we were
immediately surprised when a Volunteer came up and told us that the Tram was waiting for us! Our driver/guide Mary was excellent and had some good spottings for us, like Blue-headed and White-eyed Vireos and a Gull-billed Tern hanging out with a Caspian and Forster's Terns.
The second surprise was the number of White Pelicans there and Mary told us they had just arrived, all 200 of them! We managed to see 52 species and all contributed to our tally which was great. Some of the birds were as follows:
o Many Roseate Spoonbills well distributed around the ponds o Black-crowned Night Herons o Purple Gallinules o Bald Eagle o Many Wood Storks o Green Heron o All Egrets and Herons except Reddish Egret o Many Glossy Ibis with their deceptive green and bronze colors glowing o Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
The final surprise was a turquoise and black snake on the trail!
Another great day at Orlando Wetlands Park, Jim & Eileen
Our final field trip of the season exploded with birds! We spent several hours on the Whitman Museum grounds. The birds were not readily evident, but with perseverance, viola. They came out of the wood work, so to speak. Black & White's were scurrying up and down the trees.Magnolia, Cape May, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. A Swainson's Thrush and several Great Crested Flycatchers giving us a show all the while proclaiming their territory with their "freeping" (my word) call. The Acadian Flycatcher flitted about in the upper reaches of the oaks. Our next stop was at the cemetary with a one legged Whimbrel spotted in the surrounding waters. The airport was next with Gray Kingbird and Eastern Kingbird. Around the waterfront on the way to lunch, Ruddy Turnstones, Willets, Dunlin, Royal & Forster's Terns,Semi-palmated Plovers. Lunch at Steamers with a flock of Black Skimmers flying by. Back to the mudflats and American Avocets. The Train Trestle gave up a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and a Bay-breasted Warbler. To the Shell Mounds, Blackburnian Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Worm-eating Warbler. Did I say we had birds, well yes, yes we had birds.
At one point during the day, a pod of about 30 White Pelicans seemed to be just stationary in the clear blue sky. Winds aloft apparently were blowing against them and they seemed to be enjoying the sensation of just floating in place. The total of species for the day was a whopping 90. Thanks to the 19 who came out to enjoy another beautiful birdy day in Florida. The eBird list is here.