October 2012 Downstate

I had a another chance to visit the Orlando area to look for some new “life list” birds that had been reported recently.  No luck again, but I did get to visit a couple of new spots, plus two places I’d been to before, and saw some nice birds.  The first new location was in Winter Park at Mead Gardens , where I saw this Swainson’s Thrush.

Swainson’s Thrush

The other first time visit was to Viera Wetlands in Melbourne.  Here I saw my “first of the season” Blue-winged Teal.

Blue-winged Teal (Females)

Also, a Red-shouldered Hawk in flight and a Great Blue Heron.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Great Blue Heron

I saw this Red-winged Blackbird (juvenile) with an unusual feather pattern I hadn’t seen before.

Red-winged Blackbird (Juvenile)

Next it was back to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near Titusville.  Highlights at the refuge included Yellowlegs, Egrets, Yellowthroats and a Kestrel.

Greater Yellowlegs

Reddish Egret

Common Yellowthroat

American Kestrel

My last stop was at the Orlando Wetlands, where there were still a large number of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Lastly, in the same vicinity I saw an Ibis, Night-Heron and a Limpkin.

Glossy Ibis

Black-crowned Night-Heron


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