St. Lucie Audubon Society

Sandhill Cranes at water's edge



Sixteen participants joined us for a delightful day at the Lakeside Ranch in Martin County. It was clear and sunny and we saw a total of 49 species. A special thanks to John Nelson for giving us access and letting our group explore this wonderful place.

The group drove around the impoundments in caravan style and we noticed many wading birds. Off in the distance we saw an unusually large flock of Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks.  It was an awesome sight as we watched the birds flying up and down repeatedly, and then, eventually landing in the distance. We also saw a couple of Bald Eagles soaring, and as we traveled on, we spotted a huge Eagle’s nest.  One of the parents was sitting proudly at the nest. We also noticed an eaglet in the nest.

Thanks to all for making our field trip a success and especially those who sent photos and noted species.

Lesser Yellowlegs

Report by Adella Blacka, Photos by Linda Sullivan

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49 species sighted
  • Waterfowl:  Black-bellied Whistling Duck; Mottled Duck
  • Storks: Woodstork
  • Pelicaniformes:Double-crested Cormorant; Anhinga
  • Wading Birds:   Great Blue Heron; Great Egret; Snowy Egret; Little Blue Heron; Cattle Egret; Tricolored Heron; Green Heron; White Ibis; Glossy Ibis; Roseate Spoonbill
  • Raptors & Allies: Black Vulture; Turkey Vulture; Osprey; Red-shouldered Hawk; Bald Eagle; Northern Harrier
  • Rails & Gallinules: Common Gallinule; American Coot
  • Limpkins & Cranes: Limpkin; Sandhill Crane
  • Shorebirds:  Lesser Yellowlegs; Killdeer
  • Pigeons and Doves:Rock Pigeon; Mourning Dove
  • Kingfishers:  Belted Kingfisher
  • Falconidae: American Kestrel
  • Empidonax: Least Flycatcher
  • Shrikes: Loggerhead Shrike
  • Corvidae: Blue Jay; Fish Crow; American Crow
  • Martins & Swallows: Northern Rough-winged Swallow; Tree Swallow  
  • Wrens: Carolina Wren
  • Mimids: Northern Mockingbird
  • Wood Warblers:   Common Yellowthroat; Palm Warbler; Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Sparrows & Other Emberizids: Savannah Sparrow
  • Cardinals  & Blackbirds: Red-winged Blackbird; Boat-tailed Grackle; Common Grackle; Eastern Meadow Lark (above, right)

On route: Northern (Crested) Caracara