Harlequin Duck, Eurasian Wigeon & Crested Caracara
- Hi all,
Since Erik Haney had missed the Harlequin Duck at Sebastian Inlet last
Sunday, we went back with Wes Biggs this Sunday and quickly found the
duck lounging on the rocks on the north side of the inlet just west of
the bridge. We then went to Merritt Island & drove out to #8 on Black
Point Drive where Erik finally caught a glimpse of the Eurasian Wigeon.
Dang, two life ducks in one day for Erik - he needs to get out more
often! We drifted around in the afternoon checking out spots in the St.
John's WMD Recreation Guide when we came across a Crested Caracara
perched in a snag on SR 46 between the St. John's River and the town of
Geneva in Seminole County. In my 45 years of birding in Florida, this
is the northernmost Caracara I have ever seen. At least I got a "county
list" bird for a hard day's work. We checked Orlando Wetlands Park,
coming up with many Purple Gallinules, but couldn't locate any
White-faced Ibis in the glaring afternoon sun. Wes went along for
entertainment value (he was the first however to spot the Harlequin
Duck as it flew down the inlet).