#539 at The Alligator Farm: Wood Stork

Today I arrived in Florida for a long weekend at the Alligator Farm. (No Accountemps jokes please.) I was mainly there for a photo workshop, and you can see some of those photos in my Picasa album. However I’d be lying if I said one of the attractions of the site wasn’t a really easy life bird:

Two Wood Storks building a nest

I’d hoped to find Wood Stork somewhere in Texas back in February, but I hadn’t. Here at this time of year, however, they’re an absolute lock. They were quite unmissable. I never did a full count, but I’d guess there are in the vicinity of a couple of dozen Wood Storks hanging out here, building nests, and raising young. And of course there are also hundreds of Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Roseate Spoonbills, White Ibises, Common and Boat-tailed Grackles, and of course American Alligators:

American Alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Sadly, I didn’t have time to hunt down any other lifers on this trip. I should have taken an extra day. I made one brief search for Painted Bunting but came up empty. This wasn’t primarily a birding trip, but I still managed about 40 species including:

  1. Brown Pelican
  2. Great Blue Heron
  3. Laughing Gull
  4. Black-bellied Plover
  5. Mallard
  6. Greater Yellowlegs
  7. Great Crested Flycatcher
  8. Barn Swallow
  9. Carolina Wren
  10. Fish Crow
  11. Mourning Dove
  12. Gray Catbird
  13. Bald Eagle
  14. Ring-billed Gull
  15. Peregrine Falcon
  16. Northern Mockingbird
  17. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  18. Double-crested Cormorant
  19. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  20. Common Grackle
  21. Osprey
  22. Blue Jay
  23. Tricolored Heron
  24. Cooper’s Hawk
  25. Northern Cardinal
  26. Little Blue Heron
  27. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  28. Snowy Egret
  29. Roseate Spoonbill
  30. White Ibis
  31. Red-winged Blackbird
  32. Turkey Vulture
  33. American Crow
  34. Wood Stork
  35. Least Bittern
  36. Boat-tailed Grackle
  37. Great Egret
  38. Cattle Egret
  39. Common Loon
  40. Black Vulture

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