Post by Loretta
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is a little over two hours from our home base in
Canaveral National Seashore adjoins Bushnell,
Florida Merritt Island
and they are both located on the Atlantic coast.
|Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge|
We packed a picnic lunch and got out the door a little earlier than normal for the long drive. Once there, we stopped at the
to get Henry’s wildlife refuge passport book stamped. We also wanted to purchase an Merritt
Island Visitor Center America
the Beautiful annual pass. Unknown to
only takes cash for these passes, and we were a little short since we don’t
usually carry much cash. One of the
cashiers advised us we could purchase the pass at the Canaveral National
Seashore guard shack, where they would accept a credit card and it was only a
couple of miles down the road. Visitor Center
|Canaveral National Seashore|
So we went there and made our purchase. The
the Beautiful annual pass is $80 and will allow entrance into most federal
parks and refuges. Since these are some
of our favorite places and we intend to visit all we can this year, it will
easily pay for itself.
It was already lunch time, so we continued down the road and found a scenic place to park overlooking the marsh, pulled out our folding chairs, and ate our lunch in the warm sunshine, butterflies flitting all about us. Aaahhhh….
|Great Southern White Butterfly|
Suddenly, we saw a flash of pink in the sky! It was a Roseate Spoonbill!
After we finished lunch and started heading back toward
we saw more pink on the right side of the road and we hurriedly stopped. Hurriedly stopped. Oxymoron?
Several more Roseate Spoonbills!
They were preening and wildly sweeping their heads from side to side as they searched the water for their lunch.
|Roseate Spoonbill Preening|
This was a fantastic start to our day of birding!
|Female Northern Shoveler|
|Hooded Merganser with his Harem|