The Roseate Spoonbills are the only type of spoonbill in the Western Hemisphere. Although they visit us often, their breeding grounds in Florida are mostly in the mangrove swamps and coastal marshes, lagoons and bays south of us (FWC). The birds above are young, as noted by their pale soft pink plumage. As they mature, […]
Some Great Blue Herons are still showing off for prospective mates while others are busy nest-building with their new partners. A wonderful time of year! 💕
January 1, 2023 started out as a VERY foggy morning. A bit risky on the roads for driving, but just wonderful for a walk in the wetlands. Sunlight gradually began to filter through the trees and lighten up the boardwalks. Slowly but surely, the skies brightened and the colors of the marsh were shining through […]
Two beautiful Red-shouldered Hawks took turns flying directly overhead – often just a few feet above our heads. Back and forth over the boardwalk, collecting Cypress branches to line their large nest, right where the visitors can view the action.
So, I’ve asked lots of birders, photographers, and hawk fans, and most say that this is a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk. But there’s still a strong contingent voting for Cooper’s Hawk. We have both here in our Wetlands. What do YOU think??
An article published online recently in the Spotlight News Magazine: Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: In praise of the ubiquitous ibis highlighted this beautiful but common Florida wading bird.
A cousin of the Whip-poor will, the Chuck Will’s Widow is the largest nightjar in North America, and a permanent resident of Florida. They can be found mostly in the southeast US and as far south as the northwest tip of South America. This nocturnal bird forages for insects at dusk and dawn, but stays […]
Less than 1 minute later, he took off! Felt like I got there just in time ☺️
The multi-colored male Painted Bunting is one of everyone’s favorites here at the feeder (sometimes shared with a female Cardinal or other larger bird). He and his lovely, yellow-green female companion return here every year and this is a great spot to catch a glimpse of them . . . because they actually stand still […]
The Common Gallinule is one of the most common wetland birds in our area of the southeastern U.S., and they are very prolific. They have 1-2 broods a year, and each clutch can have as many as 3-15 eggs (All About Birds). Formerly known as the Common Moorhen, this member of the Rail family is […]