Posted by: Shari Glass | July 10, 2010

Birds we’ve seen recently



I haven’t been nearly as faithful at posting about our birding as I had intended (no surprise there!)  So here’s what we’ve seen or heard over the past few months…at least as much as my memory is currently functioning 🙂  Hannah and I have discovered that a big part of birding is listening.  Once we know a bird call we are much more likely to find it when we are out in the woods.  And there’s been a few birds that I haven’t seen but have heard.

At Corkscrew Swamp (overheard a kid the last time we were there “Are we in the Everglades?”…yep…5 miles away from our house):

  • Limpkins – which are quite rare around here and hadn’t been seen there for a couple years, or so the dude at the desk told us.
  • Owl – we think it was a Barred Owl and it was way back in the woods.  We didn’t spot it, we NEVER would have spotted it on our own!

At Our House

  • Chuck-will’s-widow – This is the one I only heard.  Amazingly I had an inkling that the weird bird call we were hearing around 10pm might be this just from reading about it in my bird book.  I finally got around to checking out it’s call and there it was!
  • Common Nighthawk – These I had only heard as well until this past Friday morning when I saw two fly overhead while I was out jogging.  We here these all the time when we go out in the evening.
  • And of course there’s always the plethora of mocking birds, grackles, boat-tailed grackles, mourning doves, and the blackheaded and turkey vultures.

At Tigertail Beach (on Marco Island):

Black Skimmer

Black Skimmer

Reddish Egret (White Morph)

Reddish Egret (White Morph)

  • Snowy Egret – I LOVE their feet!
  • Great White Egret
  • White Ibis – saw a young one of these as well as adults.  First glance we weren’t sure what the young dude was, but you can’t miss the Ibis beak!
  • Black Skimmers (very cool birds that fly just above the water with their mouths open and the bottom half of their beak “skimming” through the water)
  • Least Tern
  • Reddish Egret: Dark Morph and White Morph – There was a guy there who clued us into the fact that we were seeing a White Morph.  Apparently they are pretty rare.  It looked like it was possessed the way it was dancing around in the water.  Pretty crazy, but common behavior.
  • I know we saw more birds than these, but these are the ones that stand out in my mind… There were various gulls, and the little beach birds.  This is an AWESOME place to go birding if you are ever in SWFL.


  1. Forgot a couple around the house:

    Red-bellied woodpecker – we have one (or several) that come and eat out of our hummingbird feeder. We call him (or her or them) Ed.

    Northern Flickers – seen several of these around lately.

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