And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, … (2 Kings 3:22a KJV)
We just got back from a spontaneous three day trip down to the Palm Beach Zoo, (Palm Beach, FL) and up to the Viera Wetlands (Viera, FL) and then back home yesterday. As we rode along and since I haven’t been driving because of my eye situation, I kept a list of the birds along the way. The list below was the ones I reported to e-Bird. This includes the birds that were at the Zoo, but not captives. Our loop took us down US 27 and then back up I-95, through Orlando and back across I-4 to Winter Haven. Not a bad list. The ones in bold were special finds. In fact, the Northern Rough-winged Swallow and Bank Swallow were added to my life list. I am now at 245 on their list. The list was kept for each county we went through. (It gave me something to do while riding.)
Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)
Indian Peafowl (Domestic type)
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
The Viera Wetlands count is included with those above, but is the individual count just for Viera. That actually was a birdwatching destination and e-Bird likes it counted separately. It is one of our favorites over on the east side of Florida. Unfortunately, it has apparently been dry over there, plus most of the Winter Birds have gone back north. So, the birding wasn’t as plentiful as normal. Here is the list of the birds we saw. We stopped there in the afternoon on Wednesday and then visited it again Thursday before heading home. We saw 23 species altogether .
|Great Blue Heron||8||6|
|Little Blue Heron||1||1|
The Crested Caracara was the best find. We had taken our photos and had stopped at the exit to put our cameras away. Dan had his in the trunk and mine was bagged when I look up and there he was right by us on the ground. Needless to say, we scrambled to get the camera back out, hoping we wouldn’t scare it off. As you can see, we got the photos of him.
I will save the Palm Beach Zoo birds and photos until another post. I took over 700, so it might take a day or two.
Here is what is being watched so closely: