Beautiful morning, but every morning that we can get up and out into the beautiful surroundings is grand. Eleven birders ventured out to P.E.A.R. Park (Palatlakaha Environmental & Agricultural Reserve) near Leesburg this AM. We set off from the parking lot towards the butterfly garden. This area was the most productive. We got over 3/4 of our list just in this area. A flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks flew over followed by 4 Sandhill Cranes. A Red-shouldered Hawk did aerial dips and dives over us.
Out to the butterfly garden where Palm & Prairie Warblers, Towhees, White-eyed & Red-eyed Vireos, Bobwhites, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and Shrike gave us good views. The creek is very high and most of the area along the beginning the trail was impassable and blocked off. But there were not many birds along the rest of the creek, The entire eBird list can be seen here By the way, Palatlakaha is Seminole Indian work that was a small Indian village and means, "an area of scattered hammocks." Top two photos by Fred Hileman, bottom by Tom Gulley.