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
7 birders ventured out to check out Ocklawaha Prairie, but it was not a go. Tom & I went directly to the destination while some met at the gas station as planned. The entrance to the area was blocked off. There had been a recent burn in addition to water covering the road. The back up plan was Carney which is in the near vicinity. And I must say not a bad choice. We found several areas where there were trees alive with birds. Warblers were in good supply, Orange-crowned, Black and white, Palm, Pine, Yellow-rumped, Yellow-throated and first of the season Northern Parula. Downy, Red-bellied, Pileated woodpeckers with Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Wild Turkeys, Canada Geese, with Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in abundance. The day was perfect with a well deserved lunch at Gator Joe's to end the day. We had a total of 55 species which can be viewed at this eBird link