Critter Count: Caracara Prairie Preserve

Bird Rookery Swamp is closed for boardwalk construction, so today’s critter count from Dick Brewer comes to us from Caracara Prairie Preserve. Brewer noted it is very wet in some areas and that he was knee deep in one small marsh.

Florida box turtle

BIRDS

Black-bellied Whistling Duck – 5

Great Egret – 14

Little Blue Heron – 6

Tri-Colored Heron – 2

Snowy Egret – 14

Green Heron – 4

Cattle Egret – 13

Black-crowned Night Heron – 4

White Ibis – 10

Glossy Ibis – 1

Turkey Vulture – 1

Black Vulture – 13

Swallow-tailed Kite – 15

Red-shouldered Hawk – 7

Common Gallinule – 4

Mourning Dove – 7

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 5

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Pileated Woodpecker – 2

Carolina Wren – 2

White-eyed Vireo – 1

Northern Cardinal – 5

Delaware Skipper

BUTTERFLIES

Palamedes Swallowtail – 1

Giant Swallowtail – 1

Zebra Longwing – 2

White Peacock – 1

Viceroy – 1

Delaware Skipper – 1

DRAGONFLIES

Eastern Pondhawk – 7

Needham’s Skimmer – 10

Carolina Saddlebags – 3

Band-winged Dragonlet – 1

Blue Dasher – 3

Rambur’s Forktail – 5

 

HERPS

Alligator – 1

Brown Anole – 9

Florida Box Turtle – 1

Pig Frog – 7

Green Treefrog – 3

Florida Cricket Frog – 5

MAMMALS

Gray Squirrel – 3

Raccoon – 1

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