The little Green Heron is undeniably one of the most patient hunters in the wetlands.We often see Green Herons, like this one, sitting on a low branch for the longest time, just watching the water below.When he spots a tasty morsel swimming by, he stretches out his neck – his whole body, really! –  and . […]

A recent morning in the Everglades

Gray Catbirds, like this handsome guy perched above, were everywhere. They are unique songbirds in that their song actually sounds more like a mewing cat – really helps in identifying them!  I love this very apt description of them from All About Birds : “Catbirds are secretive but energetic, hopping and fluttering from branch to branch . . .”We […]

‘The bird who knew too little’

The smallest member of the falcon family, this handsome little American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) can be found throughout North America and much of South America ( about 9-12″ in length, the elegant but fierce little bird of prey feeds mostly on insects, small rodents and amphibians, and small birds. Yet, due to its petite size, the American Kestrel itself sometimes […]

Master of camouflage

The other evening, we were lucky enough to watch a Great Horned Owl family high up in the trees at our local Refuge.  What a thrill when the adult male Great Horned Owl arrived, landing silently in a tree not far from the nest! “Great Horned Owls are covered in extremely soft feathers that . . . help them fly […]

More Merritt Island NWR

I recently posted about the heavenly Roseate Spoonbills, and the elusive Florida Scrub Jays we saw at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Now I must include one last post about this natural treasure. We saw Northern Shovelers, Avocets, Greater Yellowlegs, and more – What a visual feast! And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, scores […]