Sep 112015

Last week I walked out to the St. Johns River at Puzzle Lake from Brumley Rd with a friend of mine. It was his first time out with me to this location.

We were both hoping for some new Seminole County birds – he wanted and Cliff Swallow and I wanted Black Tern and, much less likely, .

We walked about 8 miles and ventured a bit farther north than I’ve gone in the past. It seems the farther north I go the better the birding is.

I suspect that’s because the Econ River and St. Johns River are closer together and there’s more sand flats and mud flats for shorebirds.

Pectoral Sandpiper

We missed out on a Willet or any other more rare shorebirds, but we did see several Pectoral Sandpipers. They were easily the highlight of the morning. One in particular flew right by me and even landed close enough for me to get my best photos of the species.

Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Aside from this, good photos were few and far between. We did however, raise the eBird total for this hot spot up to 129, and I raised my personal total up to 123. New birds for the hostpot were , Worm-eating Warbler and, oddly, . There’s so much potential for this place. If it wasn’t so grueling a walk, I suspect more people would bird this area and it would become the premiere birding location in Seminole County. Anyway, here’s my eBird checklist for the morning.


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Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

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