|Several Painted Buntings seen at the feeders toady Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary|
The staff at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary confirmand that resent rains have elevated the standing water and that birding numbers were down today. I was still pleased with my visit were there were still lots of birds.
Had great views of Painted Buntings, starting with the feeders at Blair House. Along with the bunting were several female Brown-headed Cowbirds, Mourning Doves, Northern Cardinal and Red-bellied Woodpecker.
Close by at the start of the boardwalk were a pair of Brown-headed Nuthatches, Yellow-rumped Warblers, an Eastern Phoebe, an Indigo Bunting and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. Such a nice start.
Down the boardwalk was the Bunting House were several Painted Bunting and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird were active at the feeders. Plus Northern Cardinal, Mourning Doves and calling Gray Catbirds.
Entering the cypress swamp, it became less birdy. Not much to be seen till the Lettuce Lake were a nice mixed flock was busy feeding. Mostly Gnatcatchers and Pine Warblers. Mixed we say Black-and-White Warbler, more Yellow-rumps, Blue-headed Vireo, Tufted Titmice, a White-eyed Vireo, Downy Woodpecker, Black-throated Green Warbler
I was disappointed as I dipped on several expected species. The Purple Gallinule continued to be a nemesis bird for me lately. Also missed were the wild turkeys, great created flycatchers and the ovenbirds. Just bad timing. Still a very good day
A family of River Otters were seen and enjoyed by many of the visitors today. I missed them, but did get to see raccoon, an armadillo in the parking lot , a white-tailed doe just out-side the entrance and sunning Florida Banded Water Snake
|Armadillo seen foraging in the parking lot|
|Florida Banded Water Snake|
|Blooming Swamp Lily|