Lake Lotus Park, 11/17/2011

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Zebra Longwing Butterfly
This morning we went to Lake Lotus Park.  It was a very quiet birding morning.  We walked around the main boardwalk trail, and saw nothing out of the ordinary.  We had the most activity by the stream, where we saw Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, a White-Eyed Vireo, Blue-Grey Gnatcatchers, Downy Woodpeckers, and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers. Later in the day the weather cleared up a little bit, and an Eastern Phoebe posed for me.  We saw an assortment of raptors, though all were either far off or in poor light for photography.  We did see a Coopers Hawk on Maitland Blvd just outside the park.

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Eastern Phoebe
The butterflies were the saving grace for the morning, photographically speaking. At the butterfly garden near the entrance, we saw several Monarchs, Queens, Gulf Fritillaries and Zebra Longwing Butterflies.

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Queen Butterfly
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Here's a list of the species we saw today at Lake Lotus Park:

American Alligator
Florida Red-Bellied Turtle
Queen Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
Zebra Longwing Butterly
Ladybug Larva (cool!)

Pied-billed Grebe 2
Double-crested Cormorant X
Anhinga X
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 2
Little Blue Heron 2
Tricolored Heron 2
Green Heron 1
Black Vulture X
Turkey Vulture X
Osprey 2
Bald Eagle 1
Cooper's Hawk 1 (just outside of park)
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Common Gallinule 3
American Coot 1
Limpkin 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 3
White-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 2
Fish Crow X
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle X
Boat-tailed Grackle X


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