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Cardinal Flower

Today’s post is about one of my favorite wildflowers found in the swampy hardwood forests along the Gulf Coast...

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Black-necked Stilts

A trio of black-necked stilts wading through the salt marshes of North Florida’s St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge...

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Ghost Orchid Photographed from an Unusual Angle

Ten years ago I spotted my first wild ghost orchid in the Fakahatchee Strand of Southwest Florida after literally years of...

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Notes from the Field is our brand new and updated blog (complete with a new look) that will relate experiences and stories about photographing all that is wild in Florida. It has replaced our “New Photos” page, and all of our new images will be presented here - including stories of what was involved to get these shots - camera tips and tricks for other photographers who really enjoy nature and the outdoors and want to learn more. You might even get a chuckle or two out of it!

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Songbirds!


Springtime is here, birds are on the move heading north, migrating to breeding grounds.

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Birds

  • Indigo buntings, Mississippi kites, eastern kingbirds, grosbeaks, warblers, tanagers, orioles, thrashers and thrushes begin returning to North America.
  • Bobwhite quail nest now through September.
  • Migrant warblers concentrate on coasts after cold fronts.
  • Watch for hummingbirds feeding on blooms of columbine, buckeye, and others.
  • Wood storks in North Florida begin courtship and nesting.
  • Florida sandhill crane chicks get more conspicuous as they become old enough to begin foraging in open habitat.
  • Common loons head north from their Florida wintering grounds.
  • Most wild turkey hens are nesting.

Mammals

  • Black bears begin moving after winter's inactivity.
  • Long-tailed weasels, minks, and river otters will be born April through May.
  • Endangered gray bats return to Florida caves to raise young.
  • Manatees move up the Wakulla and St. Marks rivers, while in other parts of the state they are dispersing around Florida's coastal waterways.
  • Bobcat kittens born this month and next.

Amphibians

  • Pine barrens treefrogs begin calling.
  • Larval mole salamanders mature and leave ponds.

Reptiles

  • Most Florida snakes begin mating rituals.
  • Alligators begin moving about, seeking new territories and mates.
  • American crocodiles in Florida Bay begin laying eggs.
  • Florida softshell turtles lay eggs now through July.
  • Carolina anoles breed.
  • Loggerhead sea turtles begin to nest on Florida sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida.

Fish

  • Largemouth bass move into shallow water in Lake Talquin.
  • The cobia migration is in full swing in the Panhandle.
  • Stingrays move close to shore in Southwest Florida.
  • Jack crevalles and cobia move into coastal waters off the east coast.

Invertebrates

  • Black swallowtail butterfly larvae begin feeding heavily on garden parsley.

Plants and Trees

  • Blooming wildflowers and pitcher plants blanket the wet savannahs of the Apalachicola National Forest.

Orchids

  • Leafless beaked orchids begin to show off their fiery red blossoms all over undisturbed areas of Southwest Florida.
  • Pine-pink orchids begin growing in profusion in the Fakahatchee Strand and the Big Cypress National Preserve.
  • Spreading pogonia orchids begin to blossom in wondrous beauty in North Florida forests.

Data provided in part by UF Florida Wildlife Extension


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