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
Both member photos by Thomas Gulley This field trip was a consolidation of CCAS & HAS members. There were too many to count. we sort of got spread out and were not too consolidated as a group. Nonetheless many good birds were seen. The start of Lust Rd offered up a female Painted Bunting. Photo by Ken Spilios. Ash-throated Flycatcher, Common Yellowthroat. The Krider's Red-tailed Hawk. Photo by Thomas Gulley.
The Gray-headed Swamphen wasn't as cooperative, but with a little perseverance Thomas Gulley got this shot.
The Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk also sat for us and gave us good poses . Photo by Thomas Gulley The Vermilion Flycatcher was a bit more elusive, but was seen by most as was a Yellow Warbler. The day turned out excellent and let us tally 63 species. The eBird list is here