Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival 2

After an 8 a.m. departure from the hotel on Wednesday, the three of us drove west, then south toward Three Lakes. FYI: If you drive 528 west, be prepared for tons of tolls. (Thank goodness California has freeways.)

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.

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