Twenty-five birders parked in the Palmetto Trailhead Parking lot off of 45th street and Jog Road for the bird walk on the Solid Waste Authority Greenway Trail. We walked the 2-mile loop trail through the rookery (Grassy Waters levee was on the left side of the trail; there is a trail map available on the Solid Waste Authority web site). The rookery is closed February 1 thru Sept 30 due to the nesting birds.
Commissioner Jeff Koons was there and explained about the trail systems being developed for bikers and hikers connecting through this trail. The trails are open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.
It was a very hot day but we all had a great time. One of the most interesting sights was an alligator that crossed the path ahead of us with a bird in its jaws (probably a cormorant). We are planning another trip here January 9, 2010.
Twenty Seven species were seen:
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron