I thought I would pipe in on a couple of inland sites during the migration peak (I have to admit that this time of year I always have a twinge of jealousy for all you birders that have those coastal migrant traps in your backyards!). I'm getting married in a little over 3 weeks, so this morning we had some business to attend to. When we were finished, I headed to Leu first at 3 PM (because it closes at 5). Of course, it was nothing compared to coastal sites over the last few days, however there was always something to look at and I was never bored. And the weather was perfect to boot!
Barred Owl (1)
Great Crested Flycatcher
Gray-Cheeked Thrush (1)
Gray Catbird (several, but not as many as last week)
Cape May Warbler (1 male)
Black-Throated Blue Warbler (4-5 males)
Blackpoll Warbler (7-8 males)
Black-and-White Warbler (4)
American Redstart (5 males)
Worm-Eating Warbler (1)
While the migrants were fun but not spectacular, the most memorable moments at Leu were the newly-fledged chicks of some of the permanent and summer residents. I saw Tufted Titmice and Carolina Wrens feeding youngsters, and I saw a VERY newly fledged Northern Parula chirping its little head off. Awesome!
I stopped by Mead for about an hour on the way home. There were several other birders there, and I didn't have time to cover the entire park, but I thought I would give you a list of what was seen today, from what I actually saw, and what was told to me. Again, I didn't see all of these birds listed:
Black-Throated Blue Warbler
Black-Throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler (female)
If any other Mead regulars want to chime in to tell everyone what else was seen today, that would be great!
Leu Gardens is located near the intersection of US 17/92 (Mills Ave.) and Virginia Ave. in downtown Orlando. There is an entrance fee for non-members. Mead Gardens is very close by. It is located near the intersection of US 17/92 (Orlando Ave.) and Orange Ave. in Winter Park. There is no entrance fee. Both are in north-central Orange County.
Winter Park, Orange Co.
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