Another beautiful morning. I got a wonderful surprise this morning. Twenty one people came out to enjoy the morning with me. 13 members from On Top of The World joined in with 8 other folks to make it a very healthy group.
Wood Ducks, Pied-billed Grebes, Anhingas, Double-crested Cormorant, Immature Little Blue, White Ibis, Cattle Egret, and Belted Kingfishers greeted us on the water. We had Carolina Wrens all over and were being very vocal and out in plain sight for viewing as they called. With more Red-eyed Vireos than I have heard in a very long time at this period of year. They just seemed to be as plentiful as the Carolina wrens. Walking to back field did not produce many results, except for the American Goldfinches and House Wren. The hightlight was the Red-bellied Woodpecker was trying to keep the Downy away from his nest. Still was a nice stroll.
Finally coming back into the Butterfly Garden the Gray Catbirds and this beautiful Hermit Thrush were there to give us a sendoff. We then braved the Dunnellon traffic to enjoy lunch at The Blue Gator. The list of the 31 species for the trip can be seen at this eBird link.