Merritt Island NWR--Blackpoint Dr. 7/2/2011

I normally love Blackpoint Dr. at the Merritt Island NWR, but since there's been so little rain over the past few months, it's been pretty dry and the birds have moved on.  But since over the last week we've had several thunderstorms, I thought I'd give it a try.  There is plenty of water there, that's for sure.  But the birds weren't cooperating with me.  I saw comparatively few birds there (though more than many other places), and many of them were too far away to photograph well.  I've included a list of what I saw.  An X means I saw too many to count and a number refers to the actual number I observed.

You can see pictures from my day at my smugmug site.

River Otter 1
American Alligator 2

Anhinga X
Brown Pelican 1
Great Blue Heron X
Great Egret X
Snowy Egret X
Little Blue Heron X
Tricolored Heron X
Reddish Egret 1
Green Heron X
White Ibis X
Glossy Ibis X
Roseate Spoonbill 2
Black Vulture X
Turkey Vulture X
Osprey 1
Common Moorhen X
American Coot X
Killdeer X
Least Tern X
Caspian Tern 1
Royal Tern 1
Mourning Dove X
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Kingbird 3
Northern Mockingbird X
Northern Cardinal X
Red-winged Blackbird X
Common Grackle X
Boat-tailed Grackle X


  1. The view looks great around the lake. You can also take photos of birds in the area.


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