It was a phenomenal day at Sam and Allie’s nursery.  We had 18 participants. The weather was cool, sunny and Sam set up some chairs inside his office for our viewing.  

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.  

Allie provided some light refreshments. Sam took us on a tour of the nursery grounds. We learned about the many native species of trees and plants.  There was a tree full of Cedar Waxwings and a very vocal Crested Flycatcher singing on the tree top, and to our surprise, a Cape May Warbler appeared.  

Afterwards a few of us went over the Savannas Recreation Area and walked around a bit.  The highlight there was a Sandhill Crane sitting on her nest and a Pileated Woodpecker flying from tree to tree.   

Special thanks to Sam and Allie for inviting us to see their beautiful garden and to Doris for recording the bird list and Steve for sharing his wonderful photos.  

Private Property - Sam and Allies’s Garden, 27 Species

Raptors & Allies: Black Vulture

Wading Birds: Great Egret; White Ibis

Rapters & Allies: Black Vulture; Swallow-tailed Kite; Bald Eagle

Cranes:  Sandhill Crane

Doves:  Mourning Dove; Common Ground-Dove; Eurasian Collard Dove

Woodpeckers: Red-Bellied Woodpecker; Downy Woodpecker

Empidonax: Great-crested Flycatcher

Corvidae: Blue Jay; Fish Crow

Swallows: Tree Swallow

Mimids:  Gray Catbird; Northern Mockingbird

Starlings: European Starlings

Waxwings: Cedar Waxwing

Wood Warblers:  Palm Warbler; Cape May Warbler

Cardinals & Allies:  Northern Cardinal; Indigo bunting; Painted bunting

Blackbirds:  Boat-tailed Grackle; Common Grackle 

Savannas Recreation Area

Osprey; King Fisher; Cattle Egret; Great Blue Heron; Sandhill Crane; Pileated Woodpecker, Common Gallinule; Limpkin  

Photos by Steve Brookens