Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival 2
Three Lakes contains longleaf pine forest, favored by the endangered black-and-white woodpecker with a white cheek patch. The area also features palmettos everywhere.
The three of us birded for a while with another trio from the festival, and none of us spied a Red-cockaded Woodpecker. One fellow did come away especially happy after seeing one of his target species, Brown-headed Nuthatch.
Some of the roadside wildflowers looked so colorful and beautiful... almost too dainty to be a plant living unprotected in the open. I'll have to look for their names later.
By the end of the day, I saw Crested Caracara, Downy Woodpecker, Prairie Warbler, Eastern Bluebird, juvenile White Ibis, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Mockingbird, Eastern Meadowlark and Sandhill Crane. I was stoked to see the cranes.