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
!4 Birders were excited this morning to see for many of us including me, the Snail Kite. We were not disappointed. This one gave us quite a show and many photo ops. Started out cool, but warmed with the rising sun and birds were everywhere. Common Yellowthroats were in abundance as were Yellow-rumped Warblers. Parulas, White-eyed Vireos, Yellow-throated Warbler were some of the few. Then it was Purple Gallinules, 2 Soras, 2 American Bitterns. Black-bellied Whistling and Mottled Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, Black-necked Stilts, Least and Spotted Sandpipers. Swamp and Savannah Sparrows. Carolina & Marsh Wren. Photo by Fred Hileman