Christmas in Florida Day Two

Saturday, December 23, 2006, Led by Larry Albright

Photos by Bill Walker

56 Species at 3 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Wood Duck RAPC
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Anhingidae (Anhingas)
Anhinga RAPC
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Green Heron HP.LG
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
White Ibis RAPC
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Osprey RAPC
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Bald Eagle RAPC RAPC
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Aramidae (Limpkin)
Limpkin SCP
Gruidae (Cranes)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Killdeer RAPC
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
American Kestrel RAPC RAPC
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Blue Jay RAPC
Fish Crow RAPC
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Ovenbird SCP
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Legend
Harry P. Leu Gardens, FL = HP.LG
Rural Areas of Polk County, FL = RAPC
Saddle Creek Park, FL = SCP

56 Species at 3 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Wood Duck RAPC
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Anhingidae (Anhingas)
Anhinga RAPC
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Green Heron HP.LG
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
White Ibis RAPC
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Osprey RAPC
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Bald Eagle RAPC
Bald Eagle RAPC
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Aramidae (Limpkin)
Limpkin SCP
Gruidae (Cranes)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Killdeer RAPC
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Blue Jay RAPC
Fish Crow RAPC
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Ovenbird SCP
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Legend
Harry P. Leu Gardens, FL = HP.LG
Rural Areas of Polk County, FL = RAPC
Saddle Creek Park, FL = SCP

Trip Map

Trip Notes

We began driving the roads of Polk County before dawn after a night of heavy rain, with threatening skies. Our first stop was to locate a swamp sparrow. Northern Harriers, ibis, sandhill cranes and yellow rumps were already active. Pishing pulled in a Common Yellowthroat, followed by a single Swamp Sparrow. Rufous wings, buffy rufous sides and grey nape were clearly observed. Mission accomplished, we moved on to check a few more fields along the road where we saw 3 loggerhead shrikes and at least 8 palm warblers - unusual for us California birders used to seeing one at a time.