12 members were present for Cedar Key. Tim & i arrived about 7:30 and when we got out of the car, we were nearly devoured by the "no-See-ums." The two different sprays all over did not deter them. Tide was extremely low which made them more active, I suppose. We had 16 species including one of the several Clapper Rails. There were 3 Black Skimmers patrolling the low water pockets for their morning breakfast.
We left the Mounds and along the way out several members spotted a Florida Scrub Jay. The mud flats afforded several species to add. There was a Black-crowned Night Heron out foraging. Off in the distance we could see a large flock of White Pelicans. We were hoping to travel farther down the road and get a better look at them, but an airboat dashed that hope.
The best views for the trip were of the Great-horned Owls. Mom and babies gave us some good photo ops. It has been several years since we have seen them. It was good to have them back. This was one of the best specie tallies we have had in some time. This was without the migration. The tally for the trip was a whopping 67 species!! Congratulations to some great birders. Thanks to Bob Ross for the bird photos. The ebird link is here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S132765436 Fred Hileman