Birds

Downed Eagle Nest Tree

Downed Eagle Nest Tree

 

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Photo Courtesy of Betty Salter

 

The Bald Eagle’s nest tree as well as a good number of other trees went down during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Read more…

 

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Cardinal

Cardinal

 

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Photo Courtesy of Hobie Kurtz

 

Do you know how the cardinal got its name?  You might be surprised.  Learn this and other interesting facts about this beautiful bird from an article written by Cary Salter.   Read more about the cardinal…

 

 

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Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

 

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Photo Courtesy of Cary Salter

 

One of our beautiful herons we see at TGO is the little blue heron.  Learn how to tell the difference between the “little blue” and our other blue herons.  To make it a little more challenging, during its first year of life the bird is totally white and looks like some of our other white birds.  Cary Salter tells us how to identify this beautiful bird no matter what color it is!   Read more about the little blue heron…

 

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Roseate Spoonbill

  Roseate Spoonbill

 

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Roseate Spoonbill
Photo Courtesy of Taylor Durham

 

Visitors to our Sunshine State at times confuse the stunning Roseate Spoonbill with the taller pink bird – the Flamingo.   We are fortunate to have the Roseate Spoonbill visit Central Florida.  Read more about the Roseate Spoonbill…

 

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Painted Bunting

 Painted Bunting

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Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham

 

The male painted bunting is a brightly colored songbird while the female is one of the few birds in the U.S. that is truly green.  We are fortunate to occasionally have these birds at TGO but they are shy and can be hard to find.  Jack and Sandy Juba and Henry and Audrey Pisarz have been able to entice these little birds to their yards.  The painted bunting can also be seen frequently at The Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge Visitors’ Center.  Read more about the painted bunting…

 

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Crested Caracara

Crested Caracara

 

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Crested Caracara
Photo Courtesy of Dick Loehr

 

I have had a couple of residents ask about a “chicken” or “rooster” they have seen.  I believe they actually were lucky to see a crested caracara.  We have seen them frequently on Grande Haven Drive the last couple of weeks.  I also saw one at the nature center yesterday that a hawk was dive bombing.  Read more about the threatened crested caracara…

 

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Osprey

Osprey

 

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Photo Courtesy of Taylor Durham

 

The osprey is a bird of prey or raptor.  We have ospreys here at TGO.  In fact, we have an osprey nest which has been used over the past few years.  Do you know where it is?  Read more about the beautiful osprey…

 

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Wood Stork

Wood Stork

 

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Photo Courtesy of Taylor Durham

 

The wood stork is the only stork to breed in the U.S.  It is a social animal and nests in large rookeries.  The wood stork has a very unique way of fishing for food.  Read more about the wood stork…

 

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Cattle Egrets

Cattle Egrets 

 

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Photo Courtesy of Taylor Durham

 

Cattle Egrets are a smaller egret species seen around TGO.   They are not one of our water bird egrets preferring land since they are a terrestrial bird.  They received their name because they are most likely to be found around livestock and can even be seen on the backs of cattle.  Since it is May at TGO, this is breeding season for them and they are sporting their breeding season colors.   Read more about Cattle Egrets…

 

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Contact Us

To reserve the meeting room, contact:

Josiah Monk at Recreation Services for reservations on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Loretta Anne’ for all other times.