Posted by: shariglass | April 11, 2010

Ding Darling Birding Trip

The homeschool co-op that we belong to has an AWESOME field trip coordinator.  Continuing in our birding theme this past Monday we went to the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.  It was another awesome day with temps in the 70s.  If you are ever in SW Florida this is definitely a place you want to check out.

There is a beautiful drive that takes you through the Wildlife Refuge.  Shortly after we entered the drive we came across what our guide called a feeding frenzy.  She said this was only the second time she had seen it happen.  There were loads of birds!  Check out the video…all of that came from this one area.

Birds we saw at the feeding frenzy:  Great white egret, snowy egret, reddish egret, tri-colored heron, little blue heron, wood stork, roseate spoonbill, cormorants, white pelicans, brown pelicans, laughing gulls, and a few others I didn’t identify.

Along the rest of the drive besides seeing more of the above birds we saw osprey, crows, mockingbirds, a river otter (ran right in front of the lead car), fiddler crabs, a couple different snakes, and an alligator sunning himself on the side of the road.

After our drive and time in the visitors center at Ding Darling, we went to a campground that keeps exotic birds, not to mention a few lemurs.  And what better way to end a field trip than a quick stop at the local Dairy Queen for ice cream!

The video was taken by Hannah and edited by Brian and Hannah.  She filled up her 2 GB SD card right away, which prompted her to order a 16 GB card!

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