BIRDING FIELD TRIP TO WASHINGTON OAKS PARK

Join the West Volusia Audubon Society for a birding field trip to beautiful Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Whether a novice or expert birder, you will enjoy the opportunity to see migrating warblers in the old oaks. We'll also go oceanside to view shore birds along the beach. Moderate walking. BRING YOUR LUNCH, drinks, insect repellent, sunblock and BINOCULARS. Meet at 8am at the NE corner of the Deland Post Office parking lot on EAST SR44 to car pool. Drivers should receive $4 from each passenger for this trip. Questions? Call Vivienne at[masked]

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    A former member

    The first 2 birds were Black-throated Blue Warblers followed by an Ovenbird and bevy of American Redstarts. There were redstarts every where! One felt that if one put out an arm one or more would've landed on it! Hard to estimate numbers but there could've been 500 American Redstarts, over 100 Black-throated Blue Warblers, 60+ Black-and-white Warblers, 30 Common Yellowthroats & over 10 Ovenbirds. There were also 3 Northern Waterthrushes, 2 Palm Warblers, 8 Northern Parulas, 2 Worm-eating Warblers, a Yellow-throated Warbler, 2 Magnolia Warblers,2 Cape May Warblers & a Prairie Warbler. There were a number of thrushes, single Veery & Swainsons Thrushes were identified. 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks showed & an Eastern Wood-Pewee was heard. A Roseate Spoonbill flew overhead and there were 2 American Avocets at the inland waterway. If we chose to look up there was a good chance of seeing a Peregrine Falcon or Merlin fly by, we had at least 9 Peregrines and six Merlins.

    October 6, 2010

  • Vivienne P.

    This birding trip was so fantastic I realize I may never see that many Warblers again in my whole life! We saw hundreds of American Redstarts flitting in and out of the trees and bushes, so intent on fueling up for the next leg of their migration they did not even notice we were there! Tons of Black Throated Blues males and females, so many we actually stopped calling them! And the company just can't be beat!

    October 5, 2010

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