St. Lucie Audubon Society

Photo courtesy St. Lucie County

MAY 9, 2015, SLAS FIELD TRIP REPORT
PALEO HAMMOCK/TEAGUE HAMMOCK PRESERVE

The morning started out very peaceful and quiet.  The temperature was a little on the warm side with typical spring humidity. We had a small group, but it still turned out to be quite an eventful day. 

We found out that May 9th was also “Global Big Day “so all of the species seen were documented on ebird and recorded as part of this global event.  We were able to do our part in helping conservation around the world.  For more information see www.ebird.org

We began at Teague Hammock and were greeted with a singing Carolina Wren. As we continued further down the path, we met up with a very persistent male Common Yellowthroat singing its heart out in a Cabbage Palm.  Eventually, he came down on a tree branch near us and it seemed like he was trying to impress us too.

We later met up with avid, expert, birder, Billi Wagner and we continued our trip down the beautiful trails of Paleo Hammock.  Billi shared her knowledge about the different species found at the preserve and pointed out a male Northern Parula, a possible breeder in the area.  At one point it came so close we didn’t even need our binoculars to see it.

Around the bend, we had a good look at a male and female American Redstart, most likely resting and feeding before their continued migration up north. 

Billi also identified an old Hickory Tree, and then we came across a large Black Racer who, living up to his name, raced away from us.

Report submitted by Adella Blacka

34 Species Seen, Heard or on Route

  • Grouse, Quail & Allies: Northern Bobwhite (heard en-route)
  • Storks: Wood Stork
  • Pelicaniformes:   Anhinga
  • Wading Birds:   Tricolored Heron; Great-blue Heron (en-route); Cattle Egret (en-route)
  • Raptors & Allies: Red-shouldered Hawk; Black Vulture; Turkey Vulture; Snail Kite (en-route) Limpkins & Cranes:  Limpkin (en-route); Sandhill Crane (on-route)
  • Pigeons & Doves:  Mourning Dove
  • Owls:  Barred Owl; Screech Owl (heard)
  • Nightjars: Common Nighthawk
  • Kingfishers:  Belted Kingfisher (en-route)
  • Woodpeckers: Red-bellied Woodpecker (heard); Pileated Woodpecker (heard)
  • Empidonax:  Great-crested Flycatcher (heard)
  • Shrikes:  Loggerhead Shrike (en-route)
  • Corvidae:  Blue Jay
  • Wrens: Carolina Wren
  • Mimids: Northern Mockingbird
  • Starlings:  European Starling (en-route)
  • Waxwings: Cedar Waxwing
  • Wood Warbler: Northern Parula; American Redstart; Black-White Warbler; Common Yellow Throat
  • Cardinals & Allies: Northern Cardinal
  • Blackbirds: Red-winged Blackbird (heard); Eastern Meadowlark (heard) ; Boat-tailed Grackle