St. Lucie Audubon Society

NOVEMBER 7, 2015, SLAS FIELD TRIP REPORT

SAVANNAS PRESERVE STATE PARK - HAWK’S BLUFF

Our group of 10 people drove to Hawk’s Bluff which is only 4 ½ miles from the Savannas Preserve Education Center.  The morning air was calm and warm.  Doug Rogers, staff ranger showed us a detailed map of the area before leading the group down the trail.   The early morning was surprisingly quiet. Along the way, we stopped by Lake Eden and saw some of our favorite water birds.

Doug educated the group on the many native plants in the area and showed us a fantastic scrub habitat area.  Although it was quiet, we managed to see 29 bird species.  We were amazed at the phenomenal amount of native plants along the trails. Hart Rufe helped us identify some of our avian friends and Diane Goldberg shared her knowledge of many of the native species.

Afterwards, Mimi and Randy invited the group back to their home for some refreshments.  Their native plant gardens are absolutely gorgeous.  Their yard has multiple feeders and Painted Buntings frequently visit their yard.  They have several nesting boxes and Eastern Screech Owls, Great-Crested Flycatchers and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers have made their homes there during nesting season. We really appreciate their hospitality. It was an enjoyable day.

On the way back to the nature center, Sandy Bogan identified an immature Little Blue Heron among a group of Snowy Egrets.  Good job Sandy.

Report submitted by Adella Blacka

29 Species Seen, Heard or on Route

Mimi and Randy's house: Two Painted Buntings (at Mimi and Randy’s House)

En route: Mottled Duck; White Ibis; Sandhill Crane; Brown Pelican; Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron.

Hawk’s Bluff

  • Waterfowl: Mottled Duck
  • Grebes: Pied-billed Grebe
  • Pelicaniformes: Anhinga
  • Wading Birds: Great Blue Heron; Great Egret; Little Blue Heron; White Ibis
  • Raptors & Allies: Turkey Vulture; Black Vulture; American Kestrel; Osprey;  Red-shouldered Hawk; American Kestrel.
  • Gallinule: Common Gallinule
  • Cranes: Sandhill Crane
  • Doves: Mourning Dove
  • Kingfishers: Belted-Kingfisher
  • Woodpeckers: Downy Woodpecker; Red-Bellied Woodpecker
  • Empidonax: Eastern Phoebe
  • Covidae:  Blue Jay; Fish Crow
  • Mimids: Gray Catbird; Northern Mockingbird
  • Cardinals: Northern Cardinal
  • Blackbirds: Boat-tailed Grackle

Native Plants: Scrub Buckwheat, Blazing Star Liatris, Duck Potato, Wild Poinsettia, White Water Lilly, Butterfly Pea, Scrub Hickory, and more.

   

Red-bellied Woodpecker

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Eastern Phoebe

Mourning Dove

Osprey