For the second year, Elaine and I were pleased to offer a guided birding/photo tour of our favorite National Wildlife Refuge at our church auction. Four other members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Myers joined us for fun, fellowship and adventure. We saw 25 species of birds in a few hours, and had many photo opportunities.
Yellow crown night heron
Reddish egret preening
One white pelican, many willets
Little blue posing, no zoom required
Pileated woodpecker near exit
White pelican landing, cormorants ignoring
Osprey taking off
Yellow crown night heron watching the watchers
Here are the 25 bird species we were lucky enough to see:
Reddish egret, great egret, little blue heron, tri-colored heron, white ibis, yellow-crowned night heron, pie-billed grebe, red breasted merganser, double crested cormorant, white pelican, brown pelican (on causeway), willet, spotted sandpiper, bald eagle, shortbilled dowitcher, dunlins, osprey, pileated woodpecker, roseat spoonbills (fly over), royal tern, fish crow, mourning dove, Eurasian collared dove, red-shouldered hawk, northern cardinal.
There were other critters and plants to see as well:
Needle nose fish
Flowers by the education center
Mangroves, critical to our ecosystem.