Although it was chilly and the ground was wet with dew, we were able to find 26 species of birds. The most common bird found was the Gray Catbird. They seemed to be flying around everywhere. Also heard and seen were numerous, White-eyed Vireos. In addition, we found Black and White Warblers, Parula Warblers, a Common Yellowthroat, Pine Warblers, and a beautiful showing of both male and female American Redstarts.
At one point after playing a tape of an Eastern Screech Owl, one answered us back and then we also heard the rattle of a Belted Kingfisher.
Toward the end of our walk, we found a Red-eyed Vireo, an Eastern Phoebe, as well as Downy, Pileated and Red-bellied Woodpeckers.
The most interesting bird found was a Short-tailed Hawk seen by Effie Smith and Ken Spilios. Too bad most had left by that time.
We hope to see you at our next field trip to Inglis Island on October 28, 2022. There is more information on this walk on our web page at https://www.citruscountyaudubon.org.