What you might see at Bird Rookery Swamp this week

On Wednesday, March 22, volunteer Dick Brewer walked the trails at Bird Rookery Swamp and sent us his wildlife observations.

If you are planning on visiting Bird Rookery Swamp this weekend, trail conditions are very dry and water levels are low. Below are Dick’s observations along with photos by Dick and another volunteer, Bill Zaino.

Please note that there are no guarantees that you will see the same animals that were seen on March 22. 

Hikers at Bird Rookery Swamp by Bill Zaino

Bird Rookery Swamp observations

Wednesday, March 22

7:15 a.m. 3:25 p.m.

BIRDS

Anhinga – 23

Great Blue Heron – 4

Great Egret – 38

Little Blue Heron – 11

Tri-Colored Heron – 2

Green Heron by Bill Zaino

Green Heron – 5

Black-crowned Night Heron – 14

White Ibis – 31

Roseate Spoonbill – 4

Roseate Spoonbill by Dick Brewer

Wood Stork – 17

Black Vulture – 117

Turkey Vulture – 33

Red-shouldered Hawk – 25

Common Ground Dove – 4

Mourning Dove – 4

Barred Owl – 3

Belted Kingfisher – 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 30

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 3

Pileated Woodpecker – 7

Eastern Phoebe – 4

Great-crested Flycatcher – 6

Carolina Wren – 23

House Wren – 1

Blue Jay – 1

American Crow – 3

Tufted Titmouse – 16

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 12

Gray Catbird – 34

White-eyed Vireo – 24

Blue-headed Vireo – 1

Ovenbird – 1

Northern Waterthrush – 1

Black-and-white Warbler – 7

Common Yellowthroat – 6

Northern Parula – 10

Black-throated Green Warbler – 2

Black-throated Green Warbler by Dick Brewer

Palm Warbler – 15

Northern Cardinal – 13

Common Grackle – 2

BUTTERFLIES

Spicebush Swallowtail – 3

Palamedes Swallowtail – 18

Tiger Swallowtail – 1

Zebra Longwing – 42

Julia – 3

White Peacock – 62

Gulf Fritillary – 3

Viceroy – 2

Phaon Crescent – 10

Pearl Crescent – 1

Great Southern White – 1

Cassius Blue – 5

Tropical Checker – 3

Red-Waisted Florella Moth – 3

DRAGONFLIES

Eastern Pondhawk – 26

Needham’s Skimmer – 4

Blue Dasher – 8

REPTILES/AMPHIBIANS

Alligator and turtle at Bird Rookery Swamp by Bill Zaino

Alligator – 139

Brown Anole – 2

Red-bellied Turtle – 20

Banded Water Snake – 1

MAMMALS

Gray Squirrel – 1

River Otter – 3

River Otter eating a fish by Bill Zaino

Raccoon – 2

Cottontail Rabbit – 1

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