The surprise was being photo-bombed by the Canada Goose on the right of the group photo. Here's a close -up. We tallied 38 species for sure, but Merlin picked up Painted Bunting, and several others we could not verify.
The eBird list is here at this link. .
Photos by Fred Hileman
Recap - Ocala Wetlands
The best bird surprise was to see 2 Black backed Stilts in a retention pond next to the park along with a Lesser Yellowlegs. This was a great distance from our vantage point, but the photo is rather odd. It seems as if the Stilt is drowning the Yellowlegs.
There were three raptors. An American Kestrel, Red-shouldered Hawk and a Red-tailed Hawk were seen. Great-crested Flycatcher, Parula, Pine & Palm Warbler, many Red-headed Woodpeckers as well as Red-bellied, Downy, & Pileated were seen through-out the trek.
March 9th, 2023
Tim and I travelled down on Wednesday and checked out Lake Mirror and Lake Morten. The Mute swans were very pretty.
Recap - Emeralda Dual Trips