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Lake Apopka North Shore Trip 17 with Greg Miller

Rebecca Smith and Gallus Quigley of Archeopteryx Birding and Nature Tours and Greg Miller of Wildside Tours lead a great group of participants across the North Shore of Lake Apopka. We had some great birds including Barn Owl, Redhead, Purple Gallinule, Ash-throated and Vermilion Flycatchers, Fulvous Whistling-duck, and Horned Grebe (missed by us but seen by others). Greg Miller was not only informative but entertaining as always making for a great day for all.

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Woodpecker Extravaganza

On January 20 1018 Rebecca Smith and Gallus Quigley of Archeopteryx Birding and Nature Tours lead a trip for the Apopka Birding Festival to Clearwater Lakes Recreation Area in the Ocala National Forest to target woodpeckers, especially the Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Starting at 5:30am in the morning the group hiked back to an active cluster and got great views of two Red-cockaded Woodpecker. We had five (5) species of woodpecker total, a daytime Great Horned Owl, Carolina Chickadee and Brown-headed Nuthatch. Rebecca Smith who worked for FWC doing both banding and monitoring of these species gave a great talk about these special bird.

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