Walkabout Report by hike leader Starr Zachritz
Photo of Great Egret taken by Barney B.
On March 1, at 4 PM, 16 birders met at the History Park for a late afternoon walkabout. We enjoyed seeing 15 different species but the highlights were seeing the American Bald Eagle soaring about us the whole time and then finally the Yellow-throated Warbler put on quite a show drinking nectar from the Chinese Hat Tree. He hung upside down, hovered like a hummingbird, and hopped from flower to flower. Several people got some great photos. Nearly half of the group had never seen a Yellow-throated Warbler, so that was a real thrill.
We then headed to Ponce de Leon Park with half of the group. Birding was quiet there but we enjoyed seeing 11 different species. We all enjoyed a very close look at a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron right next to us on the boardwalk and also a juvenile Brown Pelican who posed for photos while sitting on a “No Fishing” sign. When we finished our walk at the closed Wildlife Center, we saw a pair of Yellow-crowed Night Herons mating, what a surprise!
Special Note: If you missed this walkabout, Starr plans to lead another walkabout at the History Park next February, 2017.