Mead Gardens, 4/21/2012

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Chuck-will's Widow
This morning I went to Mead Gardens again with the great people with the Orange Audubon Society. We had a wonderful morning.  Easily the best highlight of the morning was seeing a Nightjar, in particular, a Chuck-will's Widow.  We saw one our way to the board walk.  On the board walk, we were happy to find an Indigo Bunting and a beautiful Prairie Warbler.  When we circled back to where we saw the Chuck-will's Willow, we saw it again, and when it flew away, another came and perched on another branch.

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Chuck-will's Widow
I don't know if this is the same as the first I saw
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Indigo Bunting
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Prairie Warbler
We saw some nice Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Great Egrets, and on a few occasions, I saw Northern Cardinal fledglings.  While I saw only one at at time in the same general area, I'm pretty sure there were more than one there.  It was also great to see a Cooper's Hawk.

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Cooper's Hawk
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Cooper's Hawk
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Cardinal Fledgling
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Great Egret
There were several other birds I was glad to see but never got a presentable photo: Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Cape May Warbler, and Northern Parula.  After the Audubon group left I walked around  the park one more time and found a Black-and-white Warbler and a female Scarlet Tanager.  Here's a list of 40 species we saw this morning, including two seen by members of the group but not by me:

Wood Duck 6
Wood Stork 2
Anhinga 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 4
Green Heron 1
White Ibis 30
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 1
Cooper's Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 3
Chuck-will's-widow 2
Chimney Swift 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Blue Jay 2
Fish Crow X
Purple Martin 2
Tufted Titmouse 2 (seen by others, not me)
Carolina Wren 7
House Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
Gray Catbird 2
Northern Mockingbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 50
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 3
Cape May Warbler 1
Northern Parula 6
Prairie Warbler 2
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Indigo Bunting 1
Common Grackle 2
House Finch 1 (seen by others, not me)


  1. NIce shots Scott! Looks like it was an exceptionally good day of birding. I've never had the pleasure of finding a sedentary nighthawk/nightjar, but it seems surreal. 
    Love the Bunting--they're much more exciting than the buntings in baseball.

  2. That Indigo Bunting is amazing! What a beautiful color. The Cooper's Hawk is outstanding as well. Definitely looks like an exciting day.My son has an Winter Park next week, so we are hoping to have time for a stop at this great location. 

  3. I caught a Lyre Tailed Nightjar asleep on a tree near the road in Ecuador..What a thrill! Your blog is always superb..outstanding shots!


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