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#1 Palm warbler: Common in grass and trees. Identified by yellow under tail, streaked chest and reddish cap. Mostly seen in winter season

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# 2 Yellow-throated warbler: This yellow throat with black markings, winters in Florida

 

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#3 Red-bellied woodpecker: If you look closely, you will see a reddish belly. This year round resident may be the one playing the role of rooster when it bangs ratta-tat-tat on your roof in the morning.

 

 

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#4 Northern Mockingbird. You may hear this common resident singing at night.

 

 

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#5 Mourning Dove. Found over the rest of the country, usually in pairs

 

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#6 Fish Crows: A scavenger, common in flocks along waterways. Smaller than the American crow

 

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#7 Common Loon: the one shown here is a young one, a winter visitor.

 

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#8 Mottled Duck: Related to the more common mallard. The mottled has a paler face and male and female look alike

 

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#9 Brown Pelican: More colorful than one might think. The brown on the back of the neck is not seen on these.

 

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#10 American White Pelican: This visitor from the Midwest and inland Northwest is larger than our resident brown pelican

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#11 White Ibis: Seen in groups scouring our grasses and beaches. Identified by long curved bill and by the black wingtipsseen in flight.

 

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# 12 Willet: One of the medium to larger birds more likely seen on our beaches. Some remain year round

 

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#13 Little Blue Heron: common year round

 

 

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#14 Great Blue Heron: Commonly noted due to itís size. May also feed among trees on anoles andsnakes when looking for a change indiet.

 

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#15 Great Blue Heron

 

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#16 Spotted Sandpiper: found along the seawall/lagoon, itís easily identified by by itís perpetual dipping ofitís body. Usually winters in more tropical climate

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#17 Snowy Egret: Differentiated fromthe larger egret by itís ďgolden slippersĒ. Note the yellow feet.

 

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#18 Immature Herring Gull: These are more commonly seen on the beach. Gulls go through quite a change as they mature. This picture is of a juvenile

 

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#19 Laughing Gull: The black head is the notable visual. But the noise they make is the giveaway feature. They seem to come and go, but may be found here year round.

 

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#20 Gull Billed Tern: The feature of this tern is its thick bill. Also note the black eye spot as a distinguishing mark.

 

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#21 Anhinga (Darter) Mature anhinga adults normally have white showing on top half of the wings. Its pointed bill for spearing fish prey distinguishes the Anhinga from the Cormorant which has a hooked bill for grabbing fish.

 

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#22 Popular Osprey

 

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#23 Osprey: Ospreys are commonly heard flying overhead with their bark-like sound. And they become popular with uninvited guests when they make a successful grab in the river.

 

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#24 Brown Anole: This is the most common lizard seen scurrying along our walkways and into the bushes. It does feed on bugs, but itís an invasive species native to the Bahamas and Cuba. Itís good to see the herons and egrets stalking these little buggers.

 

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#25 Green Anole: This native lizard largely has been driven high into the trees by the invasive brown anole. This picture on the pier is of the only green anole the photographer has observed in Beachwoods.

 

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26 Rat Snake: A variety of rat snakes can be found around our homes and in trees. This may be a yellow rat snake. Can you guess why it would be valuable to us?

 

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#27 Manatees: a group hug by the sea cows

 

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#28 Raccoon: Unusual for this critter to be out in the daytime.

 

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#29 Paper Wasp: at least that is what the photographer guessed.

 

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#30 Seahorse: Found in a research oyster cage hanging off our pier.

 

 

 

Other animals -some common, some rare -seen around Beachwoods, but no pictures available yet: wild turkey, hawks, great egret, black vulture, mallard, scoter (water bird in flocks on river), magnificent frigate (tropical bird, rarely seen, soaring high overhead, noted by its red gullet), American oyster catcher, sanderlings, royal terns, least terns, bottlenose dolphins, various fish, various sea turtles, various butterflies.