We decided to head on a new route by going to the boardwalk at Cooter Pond first, instead of going to Wallace Brooks Park. This turned out to be a good choice because the first of many Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were seen flitting around.
Continuing our walk around Cooter Pond, we found Palm Warblers, White-eyed Vireos, Gray Catbirds, and a very cooperative Belted Kingfisher that put on an aerial display of its fishing technique.
While finishing a nice lollygagging walk on the Withlacoochee State Trail back toward Wallace Brooks Park, we were treated to my first-of-season American Goldfinch, B & W Warblers, and then a Red-shoulder Hawk.
We eight birding friends ended our walk at Liberty Park where the Saturday Farmer’s Market was going on.
All totaled the day turned out to be a great field trip. We totaled 33 species, and it was a good day for all.
Text by Ken Spilios with photos by Bob Ross