Trip Report: Solid Waste Authority, October 24

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:

Great Egret
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Roseate spoonbill
White Ibis
Gray Catbird
Little Blue Heron
Sandhill Crane
Great Blue Heron
Boat-tailed Grackle
Red-Shouldered Hawk
Tricolored Heron
Black Vulture
Fish Crow
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
Double-crested Cormorant
Turkey Vulture
Green Heron
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Laughing Gull
Northern Mockingbird
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Phoebe
Carolina Wren