St. Lucie Audubon Society

Gray Catbird

A Gray Catbird came out to see what was going on.


Paleo HammockOur trip to Paleo Hammock  Preserve on Carlton Road in Fort Pierce on March 8, 2014 turned out to be a beautiful adventure…..perfect clear, cool weather, stunning natural surroundings, and a friendly and engaged set of 10 birders.

This was Luke Napodano’s first time leading a trip for us. He has been a regular attendee at about all our field trips the last couple of years. Unfortunately, he has moved to West Palm Beach, but we are glad he came up to show us around this beautiful preserve he likes to bird in. 

After about two hours at Paleo Hammock, a small group of us went across the street to Teague Hammock and did just a quick  hike down the entry trail. It was quiet, so we did not did not explore that preserve in depth.  While boars, snakes, deer and bobcat can be found in both these preserves, the only wild animal we saw, other than the birds of course, were squirrels!

Submitted by co-leader Dorothy Schulz. Photos by Linda Sullvan

Species observed: 40

(Code: P= Paleo Hammock, T= Teague Hammock, R= enRoute: Carlton,Okeechobee and Midway Rds )

  • Anhinga----------------------P
    Great Egret------------------P
    Snowy Egret-----------------P
    Cattle Egret------------------R
    White Ibis--------------------P
    Black Vulture----------------P
    Turkey Vulture--------------P,T,R
    Swallow-tailed Kite---------P ( pair )
    Red-shouldered Hawk-----P
    Red-tailed Hawk------------R
    Crested Caracara------------R
    American Kestrel-----------R
    Sandhill Crane---------------R
    Mourning Dove--------------P, R
    Belted Kingfisher-----------P, R
    Red-Bellied Woodpecker—P,T
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker---P  (pair )
    Pileated Woodpecker--------R (pair , Carlton Rd )
    Eastern Phoebe---------------T
    Loggerhead Shrike-----------P,R
    White-eyed vireo-------------T
    Blue Jay-------------------------P
    Fish Crow----------------------P,R
    Tree Swallow------------------P, T
    Carolina Wren----------------P
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher------P,T
    Gray Catbird-------------------P,T
    Northern Mockingbird------T
    Cedar Waxwing---------------P  ( tree with about 30 of them in it)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler----P,T
    Palm Warbler------------------P,T
    Common Yellow-throat-----P
    Eastern Towhee--------------P
    Swamp Sparrow--------------P
    Northern Cardinal-----------P,T
    Red-winged Blackbird------P
    Eastern Meadowlark------- P,R
    Common Grackle------------R
    Boat-tailed Grackle----------P,R

What a perfect perch for a Red-shouldered Hawk

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