|Willet, Merritt Island NWR, FL, Jan 19, 2014|
Just back from a short trip down to central Florida and lucky for me I arrived just before the arrival of another snowstorm and more below zero temperatures! At least it was nice down south even if it was a bit chiller than normal down there on a couple days. We stayed in Orlando and made a few day trips to various spots. Nothing too exciting but did mange to find a total of 105 species without too much effort during my time there.
|Red shouldered Hawk, Southport Rd, FL, Jan 18, 2014|
|Eastern Meadowlark, Disney Wilderness Preserve, FL, Jan 18, 2014|
|Orange crowned Warbler, Disney Wilderness Preserve, FL, Jan 18, 2014|
|Northern Pintails, Merritt Island NWR, FL, Jan 19, 2014|
|White Pelican, Merritt Island NWR, FL, Jan 19, 2014|
|Belted Kingfisher, Merritt Island NWR, FL, Jan 19, 2014|
|Dunlin with leg band, Merritt Island NWR, FL, Jan 19, 2014|
|Dawn, Merritt Island NWR, FL, Jan 19, 2014|
On Sunday I headed to the coast for the morning going to Merritt Island NWR and the nearby Canaveral National Seashore. A few other spots I have stopped at on previous trips were closed on Sunday so I had to be satisfied without hitting those areas. Merritt Island NWR held lower than normal numbers of waterfowl once again. The area was not as dry as last year so I have no idea why the numbers were so low. I actually did not find a single American Coot (normally there are thousands)...weird. I also ran across a group of three Dunlin that were fairly freshly dead along one of the side access roads. I didn't see any obvious trauma. Perhaps they hit some nearby power lines or perhaps someone killed them...who knows? One of the birds had a federal leg band which I reported. I'll post more details when I get them back about the bird.
|Split Oak Preserve, FL, Jan 20, 2014|
On the last day we took a trip over to the Split Oak Preserve east of the airport and enjoyed a long walk during our warmest day down there. A few nice pockets of birds but once again nothing too unusual.
|Wilson on the run, Jan 21, 2014|
Once I got home I decided to take Wilson on a short walk despite the arctic like conditions. We got our walk in without freezing to death and before the snow arrived. A short stop at the still open water of the Quabbin didn't feature any waterfowl at all...just a couple of Bald Eagles and a handful of other species. Perhaps with this next shot of cold weather the water will freeze over?