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
I ask you does this look like a sad group? In no way does that apply. We had a fun day. We could not walk around "Little Lake Weir" this year, because of the lake being very high. This did not stop us from having a good birding day, Effie and I spotted a Henslow's Sparrow a short distance around where it flew into the underbrush. She attempted to get a photo, but alas not to be. And of course eBird said no that it was unreported. So let them take it off the list. We are sticking to our guns on this. We had Wilson's Snipe, Northern Flicker, 4 warbler species, trio of woodpeckers and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Out on the large lake, the Common Loon and other shore birds for a total of 47 species that can be seen at this eBird list.
Did I say we have fun? I even had a nice wet scoot down the "Slicky Slide". My daring ride left me with a soaked backside. Both photos courtesy of Effie Smith