While not sighted this weekend, a few days ago a Bald Eagle swooped a dozen yards over my head not a block away from the river. Its great to see this once endangered bird more frequently. Over the past several weeks I also sighted in the neighborhood Red-bellied Woodpeckers, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, Blue Herons, and our biggest woodpecker, the Pileated Woodpecker - the latter being at Indian River Park. Those bring my monthly total to 24 species.
There was also a bit of trash along the shore, mostly litter washed into the river. On my second foray I brought along a trash bag and was able to clean up about a hundred yards of shoreline. All in all, it was a thoroughly enjoyable couple of days. The numerous examples of wildlife was very encouraging and wets the appetite for continued improvement in the watershed.
Update Sunday Feb 20: I didn't plan to do any more birding today but there was a figurative storm of birds around or near the bird feeder today. In 45 minutes I tallied 19 species including Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Cardinals, Chickadees, Crow, Robins, Blue Jay, White-throated Sparrows, Mallards, Gulls, Cormorants, Canada Goose, Mockingbirds, Wood Thrush, Kingfisher, Brown-headed Cowbirds (boo!), Red-winged Blackbirds (a flock of 100 swarmed the feeder), and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet (another first for me). That brought my weekend species count to 25 and monthly species count to 29.