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The Birds of Southwest Florida

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Woodpeckers!


Summertime is here, and one of the most noticeable sounds we hear as we enjoy some time outdoors is the "crack-crack-crack" drumming of the woodpeckers as they hunt for food and make multiple nests in the trees of their territory.

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Birds

  • It's breeding season for black-necked stilts, least terns and oystercatchers. They nest on spoil islands, undisturbed beaches, and even rooftops when their preferred habitat is unavailable.
  • Mockingbirds may attack pedestrians who wander too close to nesting sites.
  • Black skimmers hatch young on beaches.
  • Laughing gulls hatch young on beaches and mangrove islands in Florida Bay.
  • Red-cockaded woodpeckers are nesting.

Mammals

  • Eighteen-month-old black bears separate from their mothers.
  • The Southern Flying Squirrel is starting its breeding season.
  • Red and Seminole bats give birth.

Reptiles

  • It's the height of the Gopher Tortoise breeding season.
  • Leatherback, loggerhead and green sea turtles continue to crawl ashore to lay eggs.
  • Juvenile green sea turtles forage on hard bottom close to the southeast coast.
  • Female alligators are building nests.
  • Indigo snakes lay their eggs, sometimes in gopher tortoise burrows.

Fish

  • Snook begin moving into inlets and passes.
  • Migrating tarpon can be found almost anywhere in the Keys.

Invertebrates

  • Cicadas emerge from their underground growth period to begin making their classic summer sound.
  • Whelks spawn, laying long necklaces of eggs.
  • Black sea urchins spawn throughout the summer at each full moon along the Keys.
  • Sea squirts spawn on the grass flats.

Plants and Trees

  • Tarflowers bloom in flatwoods.

Orchids

  • The world famous ghost orchid is getting ready to bloom in South Florida sloughs and virgin cypress swamps.
  • Worm-vine vanilla orchids begin to bloom in the mangroves and coastal areas of the Florida Everglades.
  • Oblong-leaved vanilla orchids bloom early in the morning in the Fakahatchee Strand, wilting by late morning.
  • The butterfly orchid goes into bloom in the entire southern half of the state.

Data provided in part by UF Florida Wildlife Extension


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I have the great honor to announce that my whooping crane photograph taken in 2008 in Central Florida was selected to be in the 2011 National Audubon Society calendar! Read more about it HERE.

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