South County: River to the Sea Rundown
February 4, 2022 @ 5:00 am - 4:00 pm$120.00
Meet in front of the Convention Center Building at the Radisson Resort at the Port to board the bus. Includes box lunch. Restroom stops will be made along the way.
This trip features some of the best birding sites in southern Brevard and Indian River Counties as it meanders from the headwaters of the St. Johns River over to the coast. Join us for an early start at St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park to see Red-cockaded Woodpeckers emerge from their roost cavities. While we are waiting, we should hear and hopefully see Bachman’s Sparrows singing. Brown-headed Nuthatches are so plentiful at this site that they are giving them away. Learn about RCWO and BHNU relocation efforts and other management projects while seeing these very special birds. After we get our fill of pinewoods inhabitants, we will cross over to the Fellsmere Grade Recreation Area (Stick Marsh Parking Lot) to see the nesting Roseate Spoonbills, Gray-headed Swamphens, Purple Gallinules, and many more species. Snail Kites are possible here. On our way to the coast and historic Pelican Island NWR, we will make a stop to see the endemic Florida Scrub-Jay. The impoundments at Pelican Island NWR often host wintering waterfowl. Songbirds, including Painted Buntings, can be found along its dikes. The impoundments, Pelican Island, and the Indian River Lagoon can be scoped from an observation tower via a walk along the dikes. Finally, Sebastian Inlet State Park features a tidal pond, jetty and beach, which will round out our day nicely. Many shorebirds, gulls, terns, and sometimes Reddish Egrets are present and rarities such as Purple Sandpiper, Brown Booby, Magnificent Frigatebird and others are possible. Every year the North County River to the Sea trip tallies the most species of birds seen on a festival field trip. Will this new southern version of a river to the sea roundup take over that distinction? You can anticipate a moderate amount of walking on this trip.