“Shy, secretive denizen of the marsh,” the Least Bittern (Smithsonian Handbooks, Birds of Florida, p. 65) can be very elusive. I was so happy to see this one moving about out in the open, in full view, on two recent days in a row! The smallest (11-14″) heron in North America, the Least Bittern is […]
Although they live year-round in Florida, we’re now seeing greater numbers of these pristine white wading birds return to their favorite breeding haunts. Over the next month or two, I hope the rookeries will be filled with nesting Great Egrets in their dramatic breeding colors and plumage. Though I’ve shared the story of the infamous […]
I’m pretty sure this lovely little bird is a female Palm Warbler (Audubon.org), but then again, could it be a non-breeding male (All About Birds)?? Or someone else??? I’d love to have a correct ID if you know! 😊 I can’t recall if this bird was a tail-bobber, which is a very common identifier for […]
This Great Egret was one of about a dozen foraging in the shallow marsh on this particular morning. Such a joy to see so many of these beauties together! In no time at all, this Egret met with success and plucked a plump fish out of the water. Then the negotiations began. It can be […]
Ruffling the feathers can be another sign of breeding season.💕 Off to work – busy time of year! For lots of awesome GBH Nesting facts, see Cornell’s Bird Cam FAQ’s!!
Boat-tailed Grackles are among the most commonly seen birds in the wetlands, but the lovely brown females are very often overlooked, while their flashy (and boisterous!) male counterparts demand our attention. The hardworking female Grackle builds her nest by herself in the low recesses of the grassy marsh plants, and she does a great job […]
I recently read an informative article (see this link at Florida Audubon) with a unique perspective on the Tricolored Heron’s ‘multi-colored’ appearance. Here’s an excerpt: The Tricolored Heron Has More Than Three Colors, “Multicolored Heron” might be a more accurate name for this small wading bird, formerly known as the Louisiana Heron. Their plumage changes […]
I’m always so happy to see a Gray Catbird! They’re frequently heard but not seen as their dark colors blend in with the shadows of their habitat. “Rather plain but with lots of personality, the Gray Catbird often hides in the shrubbery, making an odd variety of musical and harsh sounds,” (Audubon.org). A dark gray […]