Saturday, April 7, 2012

Merritt Island, 4/7/2012

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Willet
This morning I went to Merritt Island and had a wonderful morning.  I started off at the Max Brewer Causeway, where it was fun to see a Willet capture a little crab.  There were a couple Red-breasted Mergansers there too, as well as Ring-billed and Laughing Gulls.

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Red-breasted Merganser

From there I went to East Gator Creek, where there was a lot of activity.  I found a Reddish Egret with an injured leg; when he flew one leg dangled down, and he didn't put weight on it when he was feeding.  A couple Killdeer were um, well, the pictures say it all.  Several Black-Necked Stilts were out as well.  A Northern Harrier was out but stayed pretty far away from me.

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Reddish Egret with Injured Leg
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Black-necked Stilt
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Northern Harrier
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Killdeer
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Not the most graceful
From there I went to Blackpoint Dr.  As I was getting near the entrance, I saw seven Black-necked Stilt in the water to my left, so I stopped to photograph them.  When I got out of the car, I heard a Northern Bobwhite, though I never saw it.  Inside Blackpoint Dr. I found several Reddish Egrets, as well as all the usual herons and egrets.  I also saw 3 Marbled Godwit and a Sora.  At the restrooms I got out of the car to walk a little, and a Lesser Yellowlegs posed for me, and 2 Black-necked Stilt came and landed very close to me in wonderful light.

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Reddish Egret
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Black-necked Stilt
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Black-necked Stilt
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Black-necked Stilt
I next went to Biolab Rd.  It was the middle of the day, and the light was pretty horrible, but I did see a couple Brown Pelicans and a White Morph Great Blue Heron.

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Brown Pelican
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Great Blue Heron (White Morph)
Here's a list of species I saw this morning, not including the Crested Caracara I saw on Rte 50 on my way there and a Red-shouldered Hawk I saw on my way home:

Max Brewer Causeway
Red-breasted Merganser 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Osprey 2
Willet 5
Laughing Gull X
Ring-billed Gull X
Rock Pigeon 5
Fish Crow X

East Gator Creek
Mottled Duck 2
Blue-winged Teal 7
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Double-crested Cormorant 6
American White Pelican 25
Brown Pelican 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Snowy Egret 5
Tricolored Heron 7
Reddish Egret 3
Green Heron 5
White Ibis 3
Glossy Ibis 1
Black Vulture X
Turkey Vulture X
Bald Eagle 1
Northern Harrier 1
American Coot 5
Black-bellied Plover 3
Killdeer 5
Black-necked Stilt 5
Willet 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
Caspian Tern 1
Black Skimmer 7
Belted Kingfisher 2
Northern Flicker 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird X
Boat-tailed Grackle X

Blackpoint Dr
Mottled Duck 2
Northern Bobwhite 1
Pied-billed Grebe 11
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Anhinga 1
Great Blue Heron 15
Great Egret 15
Snowy Egret 10
Little Blue Heron 3
Tricolored Heron 13
Reddish Egret 3
Green Heron 2
White Ibis 20
Glossy Ibis 1
Black Vulture X
Turkey Vulture X
Osprey 2
Sora 1
Common Gallinule 1
American Coot X
Black-bellied Plover 5
Killdeer 2
Black-necked Stilt 11
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Willet 5
Lesser Yellowlegs 10
Marbled Godwit 3
Dunlin X
Forster's Tern 2
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Northern Mockingbird 4
Red-winged Blackbird X
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Common Grackle X
Boat-tailed Grackle X

Biolab Rd
Mottled Duck 2
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Double-crested Cormorant 8
Brown Pelican 3
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 9
Great Blue Heron (White form) 1
Great Egret 5
Snowy Egret 1
Tricolored Heron 5
Reddish Egret 3
White Ibis 3
Glossy Ibis 2
Black Vulture X
Turkey Vulture X
American Kestrel 1
American Coot X
Killdeer 1
Black-necked Stilt 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 8
Ring-billed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 2
Carolina Wren 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Boat-tailed Grackle 1

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