St. Lucie Audubon Society

Snowy Egrets, a Reddish Egret and another fisher

FORT PIERCE INLET STATE PARK

OCT. 7, 2017, SLAS FIELD TRIP REPORT

The field trip was a success with 11 enthusiastic participants.  We started out at the inlet waterway spotting several tern species, gulls, and Ospreys making their distinctive loud whistling call.  The highlight was a group of six Black Vultures sitting on a navigation marker perching comfortably and enjoying the breeze.

We continued to the beach and came upon a very rough ocean with waves breaking over the rocks from the King tide. Four Snowy Egrets were standing in a row, facing a south wind. The breeze was inviting. There was a Reddish Egret (left) standing proudly for our photographers and then went to steal a fish from one of the Snowy Egrets.

We then turned our attention to the beautiful Coastal Hammock trail. There were many native plants such as the American Beauty Berry and Hercules Club. There were two American Redstarts jumping around the trees and they came close enough for everyone to get a good look.

It was a pleasure meeting new people. Thank you to Ellen fortaking care of the bird count list and Diane for pointing out many of our Florida native species.Thank you Richard & Bob for taking wonderful photos.  

Check out ebird.org - Explore Data - Explore Hotspots - Fort Pierce Inlet SP (St Lucie US-FL) for a complete bird count.

Report by Adella Blacka, Photos by Richard Lynch and Bob Blacka

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18 species sighted

  • Brown Pelican, Magnificent Frigatebird
  • Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Reddish Egret
  • Black Vulture, Osprey
  • Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling (right)
  • Laughing Gull, Royal Tern (above right), Sandwich Tern
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Blue Jay
  • American Redstart, Pine Warbler
  • Northern Cardinal