Sunday, February 22, 2009

Friday, Feb. 20 Geezers Do Some Birding

Crested Caracaras doing some fancy flying.

Due to high winds on the coast, Geezers took a day for birding and drove inland to Fellsmere Grade Recreation Area, a huge water project in the headwaters of the St. John's River. We started to drive a dike road through a waterfowl management area, only to come upon a convertible dead in the road. The nice couple with the car were waiting for a replacement from the rental company. They told us of a good paddling spot in Merritt Island. As we spoke, Mike caught a glimpse of a pair of big birds flying fast – a pair of Crested Caracaras! These huge (wing span 4 feet+) falcon relatives are not easy to find, and this pair was swooping and wheeling with each other. We were later tossed out of the area by a biologist, impatient that we did not see the sign that says the area is open only Monday and Thursday – the sign was 100 feet off the road, the open days listed in the sixth paragraph of very dry, small text...

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