Two days of visits to the Padgett Creek Ranches, made up of the Long Shadows Ranch and the Triple S Ranch in Indian River County, did not provide the bonanza of wildlife photos as in the past. Most likely due to the extreme cold weather that befell the first day and was still lingering around on the second. A conservation easement protects 1,600 acres around Padgett Creek, part of the headwaters to the St. Johns River that flows northward up […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Black Vulture, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Cattle Egret, cattle ranching, cow-calf production, Eastern Kingbird, Florida, Fox Squirrel, Indian River County, Indian River Land Trust, Padgett Creek, Padgett Creek Ranches, palmetto, pine, Red-bellied Woodpecker, St. Johns River, Turkey Vulture, Wild Turkey
The antics of the squirrels and other wildlife using the bird feeder one morning at (Pelican Island) Audubon House located at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) in Indian River County, Florida.
Categories: Nature • Tags: Audubon House, bird feeder, Florida, Indian River County, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, Pelican Island Audubon Society, Red-bellied Woodpecker, squirrel
From my office desk I can watch a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers who have selected a dead palm tree right outside the window to hollow out a nest cavity. Remember, folks, dead trees can be a home to wildlife just as easily as a live one. Keep that in mind before you cut down that old snag you think is an eyesore. For the past few weeks they have been diligently excavating the cavity, oftentimes with excavated material being tossed […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: bird feeder, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Florida, Indian River County, Melanerpes carolinus, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, palm tree, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Sciurus carolinensis, squirrel, Vero Beach
A morning hike around the Indrio Savannahs Preserve in St. Lucie County turned out to be a bust. Not only were there few to no birds, but what birds there were kept to the deep shadows or were silhouetted against the Sun. Florida heating up into summer never portends well for bird sightings or photography. I did not have to work at finding any Florida Scrub-Jays. They found me. But they coyly kept out of the light. Lots of Red-bellied […]
A pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers are constantly at the backyard bird feeders. A male and a female that seem fairly inseparable. Given all the bird feed they eat all day they must be two of the fattest Red-bellied Woodpeckers in the neighborhood. More power to them. Look! The infamous red plumage on their belly that gives them their name. Mmmm! Lots of good things to eat in here. Looks a bit like a red mohawk. Photos from a rainy day […]
A Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. This is a female based on the fact the red feathers on her head don’t come all the way down her forehead to her beak like they do with the male. And note the red feathered belly, which is very prominent on this individual. Usually the red feathers on the belly are more discrete and hard to see.
Once more in Riverview Park in Sebastian the Pelican Island Wildlife Festival presents its annual commemoration of the foundation of the National Wildlife Refuge System through an Executive Order of President Theodore Roosevelt on 14 March 1903 and the establishment of the nation’s first National Wildlife Refuge at nearby Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. Below are some images from the festival starting with the exhibit from the wildlife hospital of melancholy looking birds of prey who, for one reason or […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: birds of prey, Bottlenose Dolphin, Indian River Lagoon, National Wildlife Refuge System, Paul Kroegel, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Pelican Island WIldlife Festival, President Theodore Roosevelt, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Riverview Park, Sebastian, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, USFWS