MAT MARTIN | Florida Wildlife – April/May 2018

8 May, 2018, 17:24

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A list of species spotted on a recent trip to southern Florida, USA. All sightings were made between April 27th and May 7th, 2018, from a base on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, in Naples. From the window alone we counted Frigatebird, Manatee, Bottlenose Dolphin, Osprey, Brown Pelican, Northern Mockingbird and others.

Much of our setting was coastal or swampland, the latter offering spectacular settings of mangrove and cypress, peppered with bromeliads and wild orchids. By the end of a dry winter most swampland is in desperate need of water and much of the Everglades awaits the arrival of freshwater from inland to create its usual habitat conditions.

Many of the following species were visible from our base, others were seen at locations further out, including:

We were particularly privileged to witness a juvenile Osprey fledging under the watchful eye of both parents; the slow, graceful appearance alongside a highway bridge between Keys Largo and West of two Loggerhead Sea Turtles; and the last minute appearance of a Roseate Spoonbill feeding in the diminishing lakes at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, followed by a beautiful display of flight.

Visitors we coincided with included many American Redstart on their way North for the summer, and a very rare non-resident Western Reef Heron.

Identifications and research whilst on this trip made principally with online resources from the National Audubon Society.

Sea/Shore Birds

Black Skimmer Rynchops niger Gulf Coast, Naples
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola Gulf Coast, Naples
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis Gulf Coast, Naples
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus Big Cypress Nat. Preserve, Everglades
Heermann's Gull Larus heermanni Gulf Coast, Naples
Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla Key Largo - Key West
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens Gulf Coast, Naples
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii Gulf Coast, Naples
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus Gulf Coast, Isle of Capri
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres Gulf Coast, Naples
Sanderling Calidris alba Gulf Coast, Naples
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis Florida Keys

Birds of Prey

Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Osprey Pandion haliaetus Gulf Coast, Naples
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus Big Cypress Nat. Preserve, Everglades
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura Big Cypress Nat. Preserve, Everglades

Wading/Freshwater Birds

American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus Big Cypress Nat. Preserve, Everglades
Anhinga Anhinga anhinga Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax Big Cypress Nat. Preserve, Everglades
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Big Cypress Nat. Preserve, Everglades
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Great Egret Ardea alba Big Cypress Nat. Preserve, Everglades
Green Heron Butorides virescens Big Cypress Nat. Preserve, Everglades
Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis Big Cypress Nat. Preserve, Everglades
Limpkin Aramus guarauna Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata Key Largo - Key West
Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Snowy Egret Egretta thula Big Cypress Nat. Preserve, Everglades
Western Reef Heron Egretta gularis Big Cypress Nat. Preserve, Everglades
White Ibis Eudocimus albus Big Cypress Nat. Preserve, Everglades
Wood Stork Mycteria americana Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Yellow-crowned Night Heron Nyctanassa violacea Caloosahatchee River, Fort Myers

Perching Birds/Other

American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Black and White Warbler Mniotilta varia Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major Key Largo - Key West
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula Big Cypress Nat. Preserve, Everglades
Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus Key Largo - Key West
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura Gulf Coast, Naples
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos Gulf Coast, Naples
Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus Key Largo & Key West
Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica Big Cypress Nat. Preserve, Everglades

Mammals & Reptiles

Alligator Alligator mississippiensis Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Black Racer Coluber constrictor priapus Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Cottonmouth Agkistrodon piscivorus Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Common Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus Gulf Coast, Naples
Freshwater Turtles Type(s) unknown Big Cypress Nat. Preserve, Everglades
Green Iguana Iguana iguana Key Largo - Key West
White-tailed (Key) Deer Odocoileus virginianus Key Largo - Key West
Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta caretta Key Largo - Key West
Manatee Trichechus Gulf Coast, Naples
Raccoon Procyon lotor Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples

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