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Birdwatching

Went to the bird sanctuary this AM and got a whole bunch of new birds for the list. Pixie was absolutely thrilled to be there and it was such a joy to see her so excited.

New to me - pied-billed grebe (Pixie identified it first, by memory from studying the bird book!); glossy ibis, tricolor heron, red-shouldered hawk, barn swallow, violet-green swallow, blue-winged teal
New to the kids - the above plus American coot, common moorhen, anhinga, cormorant, redwinged blackbird, sandhill crane (one on a nest), snowy egret, white ibis, cattle egret

Plus the usual kingfishers, mockingbirds, cardinals, etc. Also a gull but I
didn't ID it fast enough. Pixie was disappointed there were no caracaras, but I think the surrounding areas have gotten too developed for them.

Also saw 3 little gators and 3 big gators (8'+). On the way home we saw a pair of swallowtailed kites on a nesting platform and some woodstorks in a tree.

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pixelcurious
Mar. 13th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Very cool! I love bird sanctuaries. Sounds like you're having fun. :)
laridian
Mar. 16th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
we are! Today we are @ the cabin in fort wilderness after going to harry potter world @ universal studios. Will have some pix and writeup after return.
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