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Saturday Bird Walks at Mead Botanical Garden

Starting September 3rd, and continuing through October 29th, Orange Audubon Society is conducting bird walks each Saturday in Mead Botanical Garden in Winter Park. These walks are led by an experienced birder and open to the public. These bird walks are being conducted free of charge to encourage more people to get into birding and to make the public aware of the birding prospects of this beautiful park in the center of Winter Park. Mead Botanical Garden is located at the intersection of South Denning Drive and Garden Drive, which is two blocks east of South Orlando Avenue (17-92).

Mead Botanical Garden is one of the best fall migration traps in Central Florida with as many as 23 warbler species reported there in a fall season. The park offers migrating birds food, water, shelter and a place to rest as they travel through on their way to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Howell Creek runs through the park on its way from Lake Sue to Lake Virginia and provides nesting sites for Wood Ducks. Barred Owls and Red-shouldered Hawks. From 2005 thru 2010, Dexter Richardson and his team of volunteers documented 164 species of birds in Mead.

Walks will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will be 2 to 3 hours in length. The pace will be very casual and cover as much of the park as can be done at “birding pace” (this means very slow with lots of stopping to look at the birds).

Loaner binoculars will be available for those individuals who need them. If you need loaner binoculars, please arrive early to sign up for them and be shown how to use them.

If you have any questions, contact Dick Smith at 407-257-7361 or rls-[masked].

Scott Simmons photos of Eastern Wood Peewee above and Veery to left

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  • Deborah G.

    Mead Gardens is a real birding hot spot, especially in fall migration. Some of Orange Audubon's best bird leaders are showing up every Saturday, lending binoculars, and teaching beginners how cool birding is.

    October 1, 2011

  • Scott S.

    Today we had a great day at Mead Gardens; we saw plenty to keep us interested. Probably the biggest highlight of the morning was seeing a Short-Tailed Hawk. Here are the warblers we saw:
    Northern Waterthrush
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    Hooded Warbler
    American Redstart
    Northern Parula
    Palm Warbler
    Magnolia Warbler (seen by others, but not me)

    Also notable for me were:
    Acadian Flycatcher
    Swainson's Thrush
    Summer Tanager
    Scarlet Tanager
    Blue Grosbeak
    Baltimore Oriole

    You can find a more full description of the day, including photos and a complete list of species we saw here: I apologize for the noisy images, especially of the short-tailed hawk.

    October 1, 2011

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