Friday, September 29, 2017  A beautiful day to go birding.  We started at the north end of Lake Okeechobee at Jaycee Park.  The pier was unharmed by Hurricane Irma but it was evident that water surges had left a considerable amount of litter.  The birds we observed did not seem to mind the litter.  We left Jaycee Park and headed toward Okeetanti where a different view of the lake showed similar litter.  However, this park had so much tree debris we were only able to go to the airboat launch area.  Once again the birds did not mind the destruction.  Note in some of the photos the broken or bare branches the birds are perched on.  Our final destination was the end of the Harney Pond boat ramp and picnic area.  To our disappointment the road was closed half way to our destination of the end pavilion where we traditionally see our largest amount of water birds and picnic but it was not accessible.  We were forced to cut our birding trip short and head back to Lake Placid.  We stopped at the Seminole Brighton Casino for lunch.  After lunch Maggie won at one of the slot machines so we left.  Always leave a winner and my advice to her is to not return.  

Wednesday, October 4, 2017‚Äč 
Today started out with a drive down to Lake Placid Tower to wait on possible attendees for our trip with Dr. Paul Gray to Scrub Pens Road and Istokpoga Park. No one showed but I did get several cancellation messages. Then on to Church of the Brethren in Lorida to await other possible attendees. Once again no one showed. I'm confident that had our weather been better we would be over-run with birders and non-birders alike. I did manage to get photos of some woodpeckers while waiting.
Our next trip is October 13th. We are scheduled to drive north to Lake Apopka Loop Trail. This too may not be possible. Keep checking back here or on our website for conformation. (highlandsaudubon.org) The last information was that the road around the lake was closed due to flooding

Photos and Accounts Fall of 2017