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On Tuesday, February 7th, 35 people gathered at History Park in Punta Gorda, for a late afternoon chance to see some birds. How nice to see so many people interested in enjoying Nature together.

The tops of the oak trees were alive with chipping warblers. Most of them were identified as Yellow-rumped Warblers. A downy woodpecker drummed on a Slash Pine for us or to impress his mate. She later showed up too. Lots of birds visited the bird bath. Catbirds, Cardinals and Warblers.  Thirteen species were seen.

Then the group departed to Ponce De Leon Park. We saw a Red-shouldered Hawk, Little Blue and Great Blue Herons and many others. Sixteen species were seen.

It was a beautiful day, enjoyed by all.

Starr Zachritz.

History Park Birds:

Mourning Doves, Eurasian-collared Doves, Blue Jays, Cat Birds, Cardinals, Downy Woodpeckers, Black Vultures, Turkey Vultures, Blue-grey Gnatcatchers, Grackles, unknown gull, and two Wood Storks.

Ponce De Leon Park Birds:

Red-shouldered Hawk, Great Egret, White Ibis, Black Vultures, Little-blue Heron, Great-blue Heron, Spotted Sandpipers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Cardinals, Grackles, Brown Pelicans, Osprey, Ring-billed Gull, Cat Bird, Laughing Gull.

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