St. Lucie Audubon Society

Lakeside Ranch STA

Birders were greeted by fog but it soon lifted to reveal a bird-rich wetland. (Mark Rosenthal)


Our trip to this fairly new Stormwater Treatment Area, where Martin Co Audubon leads tours in cooperation with the South Florida Water Management District , turned out to be a great day of birding close to home!

The early morning fog lifted shortly after our group of 22 birders gathered at 8 am at this beautiful wetland site that straddles the Martin- Okeechobee border.  Under the leadership of our member John Nelson (who also is member of Martin Co. Audubon),  and with help from Fran from Martin Co Audubon, we had almost four hours to explore the area and were well-rewarded for our efforts with 64 species found.

This is a place we will be sure to return to!

Species seen/heard: 64

  • Mottled Duck
  • Northern Shoveler

Blue-winged Teal

  • Blue-winged Teal (Hart Rufe)
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Wild Turkey
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • American White Pelican
  • Anhinga
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Green Heron
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • American Bittern
  • Glossy Ibis
  • White Ibis
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Wood Stork
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

  • Bald Eagle (Mark Rosenthal)
  • American Kestrel
  • Northern Harrier
  • Osprey
  • Coopers Hawk


  • Red-shouldered Hawk (Richard Lynch)
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Snail Kite
  • Limpkin
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Sora
  • Common Gallinule
  • Purple Gallinule
  • American Coot
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Killdeer
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Laughing Gull
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Kingbird / Flycatcher (sp)
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Blue Jay
  • Fish Crow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Carolina Wren
  • Marsh Wren
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Common Yellow-throat
  • Palm Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Northern Cardinal

Savannah Sparrow

  • Savannah Sparrow (Hart Rufe)
  • Boat-tailed Grackle
  • Common Grackle
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Red-winged Blackbird

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Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbills are always a favorite, especially with new birders. (Richard Lynch)