SPOIL ISLANDS BOAT TOUR

SPOIL ISLANDS BOAT TOUR

SPOIL ISLANDS BOAT TOUR

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day.  It was sunny, with soft breezes and a comfortable humidity level.  We had a total of 13 participants and many were returns from last year’s trip. We started out with the same enthusiasm as last year, with two boats, one piloted by Matthew Anderson and the other by his colleague Kirk Fusco.  

PAINTED BUNTING FEEDER WATCH

PAINTED BUNTING FEEDER WATCH

March 23, 2019

PAINTED BUNTING FEEDER WATCH

The Painted Buntings flew in and out of the feeders as we gazed out the window at the lovely garden.  The only word I can use to describe the experience is enchanting.  It was challenging to count them, but we estimated about 15, but there could have been more.  There were also Indigo Buntings.

JOE OVERSTREET LANDING, KENANSVILLE, FL

JOE OVERSTREET LANDING, KENANSVILLE, FL

JOE OVERSTREET LANDING, KENANSVILLE, FL

February 9, 2019

We were literally up before the birds in order to be in place roadside at Three Lakes WMA Campground to observe Red-cockaded Woodpeckers leave their roosting tree.  Those participants who arrived early saw two of the rare birds leave the roost for the day; nearly everyone in the group got at least brief views of one bird that returned to the area to forage.  An additional treat was listening to the “squeaky toy” calls of several Brown-headed Nuthatches in the same habitat.

MERRITT ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE RESERVE

MERRITT ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE RESERVE

TRIP REPORT, JANUARY 12, 2019

We had some doubts about how the government shutdown would impact our use of the facilities at Merritt Island, but the birds had no such qualms, showing up en masse for our enjoyment. 

The stars of the day were the American Avocet, feeding and moving together in a flock of over 50 birds.  The Reddish Egrets proved more elusive; although, with some patience, one did make a nice showing for the photographers in the group.

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.