Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Monday, October 8, 2007

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge


I spent today at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. I love that place! The Visitor's Center was closed for some reason. I was disappointed, because I brought a copy of my book to donate. I wrote a lot about how essential National Wildlife Refuges are, and why it's critical for all of us to support them.

The water levels were high, and there were few wading birds about. I did get a few photos which I'll be working on during the trip home tomorrow. But I was so excited to see Florida Scrub-Jays that I had to post at least the one photo today. This has to be one of my all-time favorite bird species. So far I'm batting 1000 seeing them at Lake Kissimmee State Park, but only 500 for seeing them at Merritt Island. But today was my lucky day. There were two at the start of the Scrub Ridge Trail.

2 comments :

  1. Merritt Island is a great place. I have been there birding and shooting many times in the winter. It is also one of the best places that I know of to see wild manatee. I am glad that you at least got to have some fun. You deserve it after that long grueling drive.

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  2. Closed for the little-known holiday of Columbus Day.

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