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
You can't out guess the weather . It may be raining when you depart for a birding destination, but clear when you arrive. Such was the case today. Birding was slow with the usual, Cardinal, Blue-Jay, Titmouse, etc. Then down the service road an Ovenbird was heard and three Veerys were spotted. Purple Martins flew overhead Back up to the entrance and bingo, two magical trees produced a bonanza of warblers. Superb views of Ovenbird, Black-and-white, Northern Parula, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Chest-sided, Yellow-throated and Prairie. Eastern Kingbird and Great Crested Flycatcher chased about. We had White-eyed, Yellow-throated & Red-eyed Vireos and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. All totaled 32 species. A great start to the first of the season birding field trip. The complete list can be viewed at this ebird Eco Walk link