So far into the new year Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge has continued to be VERY active. There has been a good population of roseate spoonbills, america avocets, eagles, and all sorts of ducks. Let me see if I can list some of the ducks in good numbers, american widgeons, northern shovelers, pintails, hooded mergansers, ring-necked, lesser scaup and blue-winged teals, oh and also mallards.
This year we had a rare appearance of the horned grebe in winter, non breeding plumage. The reddish egrets are back also in great numbers along with the white morphs. The last time I was out there, I had six reddish egrets along with two white morphs fishing in front of me. Most of my visits have been along Black Point Drive, which is always a good place to start your visit.
There is a new $5.00 fee per day for Black Point Drive and a few of the other roads, or a seasons pass for $15.00. Do not hesitate! It is for a good cause and is well worth it for seeing some of Florida’s avian treasures!
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