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
Of major concern to yours truly recently has been the news that Duke's proposed gas plant is not the only one in the works for our increasingly unnatural nature coast! It seems a second gas plant is also in the planning stages. It is to be located on land owned by Steve Lamb near the Duke Energy plant. This second plant will deal in LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) and get it's gas from the Sabal Trail. If all goes as planned could we someday be seeing LNG transport trucks crowding our highways and LNG tankers leaving the new Port Citrus? Check out the STROM web site at http://www.stromsolutions.com/ and you may find yourself with more questions than answers.
Thanks to all our volunteers this year, we had another successful Christmas Bird Count!
Preliminary results show 142 count day species, 3 count week additions, 3 count day species whose observations need verification to be included in the count, and 4 species that are questionable but requests for additional information have been sent out. That gives us a possible total 152 species and a total count of 16,594 birds.
This year’s count was held three weeks earlier than last year so comparing results directly may not be as accurate as we would like it to be. Total birds observed was down by 1447 individuals. We missed 11 count day species, but added 12 new species.