June 2012 Birding Central Florida
While in the Orlando area I had another opportunity to visit Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve at Titusville, Florida. No ducks this time of year, but I still saw some nice birds. First was a female Red-wing singing by the road, and a Reddish Egret looking for a meal.
Two perched birds, an Eastern Kingbird and a juvenile Green Heron gave some nice poses.
There were quite a few Black-necked Stilts in the reserve and a number of shorebirds, including Semipalmated Plovers.
I saw a colorful Willet in a tree, but the real treat was seeing a Stilt Sandpiper, a new “life bird” for me.
On the recommendation of Orlando birder, Wayne Kennedy, I visited the Circle B Bar Ranch Preserve in Lakeland, Florida. Again, I saw a number of Black-necked Stilts, and this Great Blue heron that was well-camouflaged against a tall twisted tree trunk.
There were a number of Glossy Ibis in the ponds, including these two sporting winter and summer dress.
I also saw Sandhill Cranes for the first time in a couple of years, and a chick wading by the shore.
Finally, before leaving the preserve I got my first look at a Purple Gallinule, another new bird for my “life list”.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist
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