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Egrets and Herons!


Find water at low elevation anywhere in North America and you are likely to find a solitary egret or heron, silently hunting for fish or frogs - exactly the same as they have done for millennia. This month's gallery is packed with nearly all of America's species!

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Birds

  • Warblers migrate southward.
  • Peak of hurricane season - watch for unusual bird sightings following tropical storms.
  • Bald eagles return to nest sites and begin courtship.
  • Hawks begin migrating; watch for them along both coasts and in the Florida Keys.
  • Florida scrub-jay fledgelings have completely blue heads, having lost their brown juvenile plumage.

Mammals

  • In late September gray bats migrate to north Alabama for winter hibernation.
  • The rut begins for Key deer.
  • Start looking for manatees concentrated in rivers, bays, and near power plants.
  • White-tailed deer breeding begins in South Florida flatwoods.

Reptiles and Amphibians

  • Green sea turtles continue to nest; loggerhead leave Florida shores to begin their migrations.
  • Lights out! Sea turtles emerge from their nests and head for the ocean. Females may become confused by lights on the beach.
  • Start listening for spadefoot toads after heavy rains.

Invertebrates

  • Panhandle blue crabs migrate to deeper water for winter.
  • Lovebugs, or Bibionidae flies, mate in the middle of roadways.

Fish

  • Atlantic sturgeon begin fall migration from the Suwannee and Apalachicola Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico.

Wildflowers

  • First signs of leaves changing color, blazing star, rabbit tobacco and blue curls abloom.

Orchids

  • Peak blooming period for water-spider orchids in Central Florida.
  • The ribbon orchid begins to bloom in the Fakahatchee Strand.
  • The hairy shadow-witch orchid starts to flower and can be seen all throughout the fall in moist woodlands.

Data provided in part by UF Florida Wildlife Extension


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