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Birds in Florida Images and Information

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Little Blue Heron

This Little Blue Heron was just outside our lanai, April 2006. The lighting makes it look very dark, almost black, but normally they appear to be a purplish-blue. They are fairly common throughout Florida. (Thank you to Mark Kiser for his insight: One tricky thing--juvenile Little Blue Herons are all white, and the immature birds when molting are splotchy white and blue all over, like someone threw blue paint on them).

Yellow Crowned Night Herons

This pair return every year to this tree, in a neighborhood on Siesta Key. I took this photo in April, 2005. There are no counts on the population of this bird in Florida. It is active at night and from the articles I can find, it seems to be a somewhat secretive species.

American Redstart

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This little bird flew into our boat when we were out about 5 miles in the Gulf, west of the Venice Jetties. She stayed with us for about 30 minutes, checked out the boat and even landed on John's hand! The American Redstart fly south for the winter to South and Central America and Mexico. In April and May they fly back  north across the Gulf of Mexico  to the central and eastern United States and southern Canada.

Wood Stork

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This elegant, endangered bird, the only stork in the United States, has a population of only 10,000 adults. Although it is fully protected by law, the Wood Stork still has a long way ahead of it on the road to recovery. I took this photo in The Oaks in Osprey, Florida.

Roseate Spoonbill

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Several species have survived after being on the brink of extinction. One is the Rosate Spoonbill. This bird is sometimes mistaken for a flamingo due to the pink color. They were killed for their feathers during the hat craze in the US and the population was down to about 30. Their population is larger now, but they are not abundant. They have large spoon-shaped bills and constantly turn their heads back and forth in shallow water. When food touches the tongue a special nerve closes its bill. They are still not plentiful, but you can see them in the shallow bay areas. We see one during low tide on Ski Island and I am excited that I was able to take these photos!

Sandhill Crane

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Sandhill Cranes are among my most favorite birds! They stand 4 - 5 feet tall with a wingspan of 6 - 7 feet and have a distinctive trumpet gurgling call. They are comfortable in urban areas as well as rural areas. The mating dance is such fun to see, bowing, jumping and prancing. We had a pair in our back yard going through the ritual and the male kept gently throwing a stick toward the female then he would prance over, retrieve it and toss it again and dance backwards. They came back periodically and then they brought two small ones known as colts with them. Now we have several groups visit the birdfeeder daily.

The Florida Sandhill Cranes lives in Florida year round (population 5,000 or so) and the North American Sandhill Cranes migrate to Florida for the winter. They mate for life, share in incubation of one or two eggs per season and eat worms, insects, lizards, frogs, small snakes and even mice and crayfish. The photo above was taken in a condo complex and if you look closely you will see the female in the background has just grabbed a bite to eat!

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The adults do not fly after the colts are born until they can also fly, at about 10 weeks. This photo was taken on Palmer Ranch, where you will see signs that say:  "Caution: Sandhill Crane Crossing".

Florida Pelicans

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Brown Pelicans nest in colonies, usually on mangrove islands. It is amazing to see these large birds swoop down to catch fish. During the 1960's and 1970's some states' populations were virtually wiped out by pesticide contamination. They are still  a species of special concern. In addition to habitat loss, fishing hooks and line cause many injuries and fatalities. The life span of a pelican may reach 30 years or more, but in the wild only 10 percent of all pelicans reach age 10. They weigh between 6 and 8 pounds. Pelicans like to eat four pounds of fish per day. Their bill can hold more fish at one time than their belly. Their wingspan extends up to six or seven feet from tip to tip, and they can fly at speeds up to 35 miles per hour. 

We just took photos of 3 WHITE pelicans in the Intra-coastal, will add the photos ASAP, our real estate market is really busy!


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Osprey are plentiful along the Intra Coastal Waterway. They nest on the signs and look similar to a bald eagle. The way that we can tell them apart quickly is the Osprey have white chests.


Sea Gulls

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The scavengers of the beaches, sea gulls are as annoying as they are beautiful. They will grab food out of your hand so be careful if you are eating at the beach.



These robins are getting great drinks of water before they fly north. They cover our yard once a year, usually the end of February, before heading north.


Options for Waterfront Properties

Beach front or bay front is usually a choice that must be decided when shopping for waterfront property, however that is not the case on Casey Key. Most of the estate properties on Casey Key include a beach area on the Gulf of Mexico with fine white sand  to Little Sarasota Bay that offers boat docking. Homes are built along Casey Key Road which runs the length of the key. This is a beautiful scenic gulf-front drive with tropical trees forming a canopy over parts of the road. The north end of Casey Key is gated with a full-time guard.

Contact John & Nancy Werner, Your gulf-to-bay-realtors.

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We enjoy the Florida birds and hope you enjoy our photos! Read about the roseate spoonbill, sandhill crane, pelican and wood stork; images and information.