St. Lucie Audubon Society

Roseate Spoonbills and Anhinga (Richard Lynch)

NOV. 8, 2014, SLAS FIELD TRIP REPORT

Lakeside Ranch STA, Martin County

 It was a calm sunny day at the ranch and the marsh was very active with wildlife. We had a caravan of about 10 cars driving around the impoundments.  We saw a total of 50 species.  We had some very knowledgeable birders join us, and among them was David Simpson from Birding with David Simpson tours.   We learned a great deal from all of the experienced birders.

Some highlights of the trip were the unusual behavior of a Wood Stork harassing a Great Egret for its catch, a special appearance of a Sharp-shinned Hawk, and the sweet songs of the Eastern Meadowlark. We came across an alligator minding his own business and not very interested in us. We saw an immature and adult Eagle soaring and got to see an Eastern Phoebe up close and personable.  We were all excited about the evasive American Bittern that we managed to get our scopes on. 

The ducks were fabulous, Blue -winged & Green-winged Teals, among others.  And of course those Roseate Spoonbills were showing off their colors as usual.  See list below.

Report Submitted by - Adella Blacka

Photos below by Richard Lynch & Marc Rosenthal (Submitted without identifications. Click for larger versions)

Palm Warbler

 

Photos below by Hart Rufe (Click for larger versions)

American Kestrel

Anhinga (top) and Double-crested Cormorant

Glossy Ibis

Anhinga

Limpkin

Loggerhead Shrike

Pie-billed Grebe

Purple Swamphen

Savannah Sparrows

Little Blue Heron

American Alligator

Roseate Spoonbills, mating (Lynch)