Rare Birds Return To Put Breaks On Beach Driving In Daytona Again!

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A year ago, August of 2007 I told you about how these 3 rare birds had captured the hearts of people around Daytona Beach and managed to block off the beach to cars in my post: Rare Birds Put The Breaks On Beach Driving In Daytona


That post remained on the first page of Florida Information, Volusia County Information and Daytona Beach, FL Information until just recently. You all loved it that much!


Just recently Mom and Dad returned to Daytona Beach, they must love our hospitality! My hairdresser spotted them in the exact same spot they were at last year and we began to wait for the arrival of the baby.

Sunday evening I received a email that the first baby hatched on Friday and a second hatched on Sunday, however the Mom and Dad were not at the same spot, they were further south! I headed out early Monday morning in search of them.

My problem being I have a foot injury right now and am supposed to stay off my foot as much as possible. My friend told me he hiked 2 miles north to find the birds after parking near the Dunlawton Bridge. I can't afford to do that with the foot injury, so I stopped at two beach approaches and asked the gate person what they knew, and both knew nothing! Giving up I went to work and pulled up the newspaper onlineto see what I could find there.

BINGO! The newspaper told me exactly where I could find the happy couple and their new arrivals! Once again on a beach frequented by cars, they have blocked traffic in the area where the birds have nested (YAY!). Midori suggested I look on the internet and find the closest beach walkover and to my delight the walkover is right at the birds location. Now, to just find parking...

I left my house early this morning, found the address easily, parked at a store which warns anyone parking over 30 minutes will be towed. No problem there, I won't be that long! I then found the walkway to the beach and it is a narrow sidewalk between two tall condos, if you don't know it is there, you'd walk or drive right by it.

As I got to the beach, there they were... the proud parents... one baby was out running around with them, all were inside the area blocked off to keep them protected. It is so funny how they know that the area is just for them.













I took almost 200 photos in the 15 minutes I was there, of course I won't bore you with all 200, I picked out the best and will let you browse through them. The baby you do see I think is the one that was hatched on Friday. I am going to try to go back early on Saturday and see if the other baby is out walking around yet.

Hover your mouse pointer over the photos and you'll see a short description on each.




































































































You're probably wondering how I know which bird is which? I really don't, I am going by what I read in the newspaper yesterday. It said that the male bird is smaller then the female.

I'm so excited I got to see this happy little couple again. This is the 2nd pair of birds (different species) that have returned back to Daytona from last year, that is something I've never been able experience before!



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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

The little baby is so cute..and is looking so lovingly at mommy  daddy :)  Those are wonderful pictures Lisa...and I keep saying...one day National Geographic is going to come along and ask you to shoot pics for them :)

Jul 22, 2008 04:31 AM #1
Midori Miller
Talk 2 Midori, LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals

Lysa-this is awesome and I have missed your posts..they are a great representation of the Daytona Beach area.  We have such great wildlife and I love the naturual surroundings.

Jul 22, 2008 05:51 AM #2
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Hi Sally, I'm just sorry that the birds wouldn't come any closer to me so you can better see the baby. I had to resize the images before uploading them here and it really makes he or she hard to see. I would love to shoot for Nat Geo! Lion, Tigers and Bears oh my!

Midori, We do have some of the best wildlife around, this is the first time in awhile I've been out to shoot any of it. Thanks :)

Jul 22, 2008 06:03 AM #3
Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Well Well Well...look what the wind blew in...how are you? Just stopped by to say hello and tell you we have had a lot different birds fly in on my lawn lately...maybe they are fining those under ground worms:)

Jul 22, 2008 07:20 AM #4
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

How exciting!!  They certainly look like personable little birds.  You will have to keep us posted on their progress.

Pssst - nice to see ya!  ;)

Jul 22, 2008 02:27 PM #5
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Lysa,lysa,lysa...you have been missed! After all you're our resident Birder!

They are sooo cute. How long to you have to baby your foot? Hope not too long.

Mike in Tuscon was looking for some Birders...I'm going to link him your post.

Don't stay away too long!

Jul 22, 2008 04:00 PM #6
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Hey Neal, doing ok thanks :) Glad you stopped by!

Carol, I know, I know, never say never right? Did you catch the dig? :). I'll do what I can to keep you posted.

Joanie! I miss you guys too :) As far as the foot? Doc said a couple weeks, so one more week for sure.. but I don't know about that, it was really hurting this am. Thanks for the link love girl!

Jul 23, 2008 06:00 AM #7
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

What a great adventure, and the pictures are th icing on the cake.  I just saw your new Post with the U Tube Video of Dad feeding Jr......nice.  I hope your foot took the outing OK.

Jul 30, 2008 06:43 AM #8
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