KAYAK TRIP ON SOUTH FORK OF ST. LUCIE RIVER, STUART

KAYAK TRIP ON SOUTH FORK OF ST. LUCIE RIVER, STUART

A small but enthusiastic group of birders kayaked up the south fork of the St. Lucie River in Stuart on Saturday December 8, 2018. The group went 6.4 miles round trip. It was quite an accomplishment to go so far, but the paddling was easy, it was just quite a long distance. Kudos to all the participants of this trip for fortitude and accomplishment. At the halfway point at a camp site, the group gathered at a picnic table and enjoyed lunch.

Twenty species of birds were seen. Two highlights were a yellow crowned night heron and a barred owl.

PALEO HAMMOCK PRESERVE & C23/C24 RESERVOIR

PALEO HAMMOCK PRESERVE & C23/C24 RESERVOIR

Saturday, November 11, 2018

PALEO HAMMOCK PRESERVE & C23/C24 RESERVOIR

When we first arrived, it was a little foggy so I was concerned we wouldn’t get to see too many species. But later it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. We had a group of 10 participants and we saw 36 species at Paleo Hammock. Tim brought us through the hammocks of Paleo Preserve sharing his knowledge about birds. He could identify the many bird species by their call. The trails had beautiful old oaks laden with Spanish moss. Around the oaks there were several song bird species and an abundance of Catbirds calling.

Weldon B Lewis/Ancient Oaks Preserve/Citrus Hammock Preserve

Weldon B Lewis/Ancient Oaks Preserve/Citrus Hammock Preserve

Weldon B Lewis/Ancient Oaks Preserve/Citrus Hammock Preserve

Field Trip Report, October 13, 2018

It was slightly overcast, but cool by Florida standards. We had a total of eight participants. Before we started our venture, there appeared a Pileated Woodpecker landing on a branch right out in the open, giving us some good photo opportunities.

We started our walk down the Ancient Oaks Preserve Trail. It was quiet at first. The little song birds seemed to be hiding, but as we continued, some of the little ones made their presence high up in the trees, delighting the participants.

At Citrus Hammock Preserve, we manage to see a few wading birds and an alligator swimming sneakily on the water. While we were there, we had more small song bird activity including Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a Downy Woodpecker.