|Reddish Egret with American Avocets|
I had a pretty fun time at Merritt Island this morning. I saw a Horned Grebe at the causeway and then went to Blackpoint Dr. There was a significant number of shorebirds there: lots of American Avocets, Dunlin and Least Sandpipers, quite a few Black-bellied Plovers, and a few distant dowitchers and Red Knots. There were far fewer species of ducks than is normal this time of year: Northern Shoveler, Blue-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, and four Red-breasted Mergansers.
On the south side of the main road (west of the turnoff to Blackpoint Dr), there was a large number of wading birds, shorebirds and pelicans. At one point, a group of them flew, containing the most interesting species in the group. If I've counted right, this photo shows 11 Marbled Godwits, 5 American Avocets, 3 Dunlin and 1 Willet, though there were more of each species in the water.
|American Avocet, Marbled Godwit, Willet, Dunlin|
The visitor's center was also fun. Painted Buntings are always nice to see, even at a feeder, and I also saw my first White-throated Sparrow in Florida, though this individual did not show itself well enough for photos.
actually the alligator is eating a brown pelicanReplyDelete
yellow tip on its bill, brown feathering. It is actually a very light bird…about 6-12 lbs even though its wingspan is 6-8 feet.