Jan 092016

A few days ago, a Vermilion Flycatcher was found along the Little Big Econ River, very close to where it meets with the St. Johns River. This morning I decided to walk the Kilbee Tract of the Little Big Econ WMA to see if I could find it. It was a pretty easy walk to get to the spot.

This particular individual is a female, and I have no photos of females, plus it was my first for Seminole County. It’s such a fantastic bird.

After finding the flycatcher I decided to walk the shore of the Little Big Econ to look at the St. Johns. Unfortunately, there’s a fence prohibiting you from doing that. However, just walking the grassy and muddy areas next to the Econ was pretty wonderful.

There were 23 Black-bellied Plovers, 4 Long-billed Dowitchers and an assortment of both species of yellowlegs. Other highlights were about 30 American Pipits and a “Krider’s” Red-tailed Hawk.

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

You can see my full eBird checklist here. I had 71 species on the morning. Here’s the path I took with the location of the flycatcher.


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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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Lee Dusing

Thanks for sharing. I need to get up there and check that area out.

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