St. Lucie Audubon Society

Identifying warblers is never easy, but the many places to hide among the Spanish Moss made it even more difficult


Fifteen birders joined the group led by Jody Levin and Linda Sullivan. We saw or heard a total of 48 species. 

It was cool and overcast most of the day, but very comfortable and the rain held off.

Jody and Linda did a fabulous job leading the trip.  We also had avid birders Billi Wagner and Tim Towles join in with the group. 

We started down the Auto Trail in a caravan of about 6 cars loaded with happy birders. We stopped at a special area of pine trees, reserved for the infamous nesting Red-cockaded Woodpecker.  With a little patience we waited quietly and then the party started.  In came two Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, a Downy Woodpecker and a Red-bellied Woodpecker.   Then a group of Pine Warblers arrived joined by Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Later, we walked through a beautiful hammock trail. We came to a clearing with some, old, old live oak trees loaded with Spanish moss.  There was an orange tree with plenty of oranges and some flowers that looked like purple flag irises in full bloom.

Our next thrill, we were treated with several warbler species such as:   Orange- crown Warbler, Black-throated  Green Warbler, Northern Parula, Blue Headed Warbler, among a few.

We ended the day scoping a Red-shouldered hawk sitting on a nest.  It was a great day.  

Report submitted by Adella Blacka, Photographs courtesy of Linda Sullivan

48 Species Seen or Heard + 3 heard at dawn by leader Jody Levin (before group arrived): Bachman’s Sparrow, Barred Owl, Eastern Towhee.

  • Storks: Wood Stork
  • Pelicaniformes: Anhinga; American White Pelican; White Ibis
  • Wading Birds:   Green Heron; Little-Blue Heron
  • Raptors & Allies: Bald Eagle; Red-shouldered Hawk; Black Vulture; Turkey Vulture
  • Rails & Gallinules:  Common Gallinule; American Coot
  • Shorebirds: Lesser-Yellow Legs
  • Pigeons & Doves:  Mourning Dove; Common Ground Dove
  • Woodpeckers: Red-cockaded Woodpecker; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-bellied Woodpecker; Downy Woodpecker; Yellow–bellied Sapsucker
  • Falconidae: American Kestrel
  • Empidonax:  Eastern Phoebe; Great-crested Flycatcher
  • Vireos: Blue-headed Vireo; White–eyed Vireo
  • Corvidae:  Blue Jay; Fish Crow
  • Martins & Swallows: Tree Swallow
  • Wrens: Carolina Wren; Sedge Wren; House Wren
  • Gnatcatchers: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Kinglets:  Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Mimids: Northern Mockingbird; Gray Catbird
  • Wood Warbler: Yellow-rumped Warbler; Palm Warbler, Common Yellowthroat; Orange-crowned Warbler; Northern Parula; Pine Warbler; Yellow-throated Warbler; Prairie Warbler; Black-throated Green Warbler;
  • Cardinals & Allies: Northern Cardinal
  • Blackbirds: Red-winged Blackbird; Eastern Meadowlark; Common Grackle
  • Reptiles: American Alligator