Caspian Terns (LS)
The Flamingo Quest field trip of 2017 was great fun, except our beloved flamingos did not arrive. But despite our disappointment, it turned out to be a wonderful day. The weather was sunny with just the right amount of a cool morning breeze.
Our group consisted of 19 excited participants and we were joined by Audubon Society of Everglades who sponsored the trip.
As we drove along, caravan style, our first stop was at a Red-Shouldered Hawk’s nest. It was very visible from the road. Two babies sat snuggly together waiting for mom to bring some vittles. And then behold, mom flew in with a scrumptious snake. We watched as she fed her little ones.
As we traveled along, we came to a large body of water where there were hundreds of waterfowl and shorebirds, mostly Black-Necked Stilts and American Coots. Among the shore birds, there were Dunlin, Dowitchers, and Yellow-legs. Other interesting finds were Fulvous Whistling Ducks, Black Skimmers and a Gull-billed Tern.
Thanks to all who helped make our field trip a success and especially to Susan McKemy and the guides from Audubon of Everglades. Despite the location of the sun interfering with our photo ops, and the distance of the shore birds, Richard, Hart and Linda managed to get some very good shots.
A total of 56 species were seen which included 9 species seen on route.
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Red-shouldered Hawk nest (HR)
Black Skimmers (HR)
Boat-tailed Grackle (RL)
Common Yellowthroat (RL)
Total: 56 Species
9 Species Seen on Route
Waterfowl: Mottled Duck; Black-bellied Whistling Duck; Blue-winged Teal; Ring-necked Duck; Fulvous Whistling Duck; Northern Shoveler
Pelicaniformes: Double Crested Cormorant; Anhinga
Wading Birds: American Bittern; Great Blue Heron; Great Egret; Snowy Egret; Little Blue Heron; Tricolored Heron; Cattle Egret; Green Heron; White Ibis; Glossy Ibis
Raptors & Allies: Black Vulture; Turkey Vulture; Osprey; Northern Harrier; Red-shouldered Hawk
Rails & Gallinules: Common Gallinule; American Coot
Limpkins & Cranes: Limpkin
Shorebirds: Black-bellied Plover; Black-necked Stilt; Greater Yellowlegs; Lesser Yellowlegs; Dunlin; Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher; Ring-Billed Gull
Gulls, Terns & Skimmers: Caspian Tern; Black Skimmer; Gull-billed Tern
Pigeons and Doves: Common Ground Dove; Mourning Dove
Falconidae: Peregrine Falcon
Martins & Swallows: Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Wood Warblers: Common Yellowthroat
Cardinals & Blackbirds: Red-winged Blackbird; Eastern Meadowlark; Common Grackle; Boat-tailed Grackle
On route: Sandhill Crane; Swallow-tailed Kite; Northern Crested Caracara; American Kestrel; Red-Bellied Woodpecker; Kingfisher; Mockingbird; Northern Shrike; House Sparrow
Gull-billed Tern (HR)