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    Natural Resources Committee – Birds at Maple Leaf

    Bald Eagle - Maple Leaf Habitat

    Bald Eagle – Maple Leaf Habitat

    Maple Leaf is located in Charlotte County on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Charlotte County is rapidly becoming one of the hottest birding destinations in Southwest Florida. In 2016 birders in Charlotte County reported observing 270 different species. In the first 12 weeks of 2017, 196 species were reported. The Peace River Audubon Society http://peaceriveraudubon.org/ conducts regular birding tours, details about which are published in the Charlotte Sun. Another great local resource is the Peace River Wildlife Center http://peaceriverwildlifecenter.org/ where injured wild birds are cared for and kept if they can not be released back into the wild. With its diversity of habitats Maple Leaf is home to a wide variety of birds and just like the human residents some birds are seasonal and some are year-rounders. While the best place to bird is the Golf Course the various lakes and ponds and, quite literally, just about everybody’s back yard affords great opportunities to observe, at close range, a wide variety of birds including many bird species unique to this part of Florida. Since 2012, when we began keeping records, 93 species have been observed in the Park. In the first three months of 2017, 55 species have been observed. A list of the different species observed at Maple Leaf can be found here. The presence of large wading birds throughout the Park, many of them nesting birds, is a treat for both novice and experienced birders. Regularly observed are Herons (Great Blue, Little Blue, Green, Tri-colored, and Black-Crowned Night-Heron), Egrets (Great, Snowy and Cattle), Sandhill Crane, White and Glossy Ibis, and Wood Stork. Anhinga, Gulls, Cormorants and Terns (Forster’s, Royal, Sandwich) are all regular visitors. Waterfowl residents include Mottled and Muscovy Duck, American Coot, Common Gallinule and Pied-billed Grebe.

    Many raptors are regular visitors. Bald Eagles are observed daily and nest nearby. Regular hawks include Red-shouldered, Cooper’s, Sharp-shinned and, in 2016, Broad-winged and Short-tailed. Peregrine Falcon, Merlin and American Kestrel are occasional visitors. And we have had nesting Greathorned Owls some years.

    Northern Mockingbird is probably the most common songbird in the Park but other interesting species include Catbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay and, during the winter months, migrating species such as American Robin, Brown Thrasher and Eastern Towhee round out the Chorus.

    Some warblers are present year round notably Palm and Yellow-rumped. But late fall and early spring months bring and amazing range of warblers on their way from or to their nesting sites in the north headed, as it turns out, in the same direction as our own seasonal human residents.

    Come bird with us!

    Documents

    References

    Our Gallery – Birds in the Park

    Anhinga 2011
    Anhinga 2011
    Anhinga with fish
    Anhinga with fish
    Bald Eagle 2010
    Bald Eagle 2010
    Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher 2011
    Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher 2011
    Boat-Tailed Grackle 2011
    Boat-Tailed Grackle 2011
    Brown Pelicans 2011
    Brown Pelicans 2011
    Brown Thrasher 2015
    Brown Thrasher 2015
    Common Galinule 2011
    Common Galinule 2011
    Common Grackle 2011
    Common Grackle 2011
    Double Crested Cormorant 2011
    Double Crested Cormorant 2011
    Fish Crows 2011
    Fish Crows 2011
    Forster’s Tern 2011
    Forster’s Tern 2011
    Gallinule with chicks 2017
    Gallinule with chicks 2017
    Glossy Ibis 2011
    Glossy Ibis 2011
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret 2010
    Great Egret 2010
    Great Horned Owl 2010
    Great Horned Owl 2010
    Great Horned Owl Fledglings 2008
    Great Horned Owl Fledglings 2008
    Green Heron 2011
    Green Heron 2011
    Juvenile White Ibis 2011
    Juvenile White Ibis 2011
    Killdeer 2011
    Killdeer 2011
    Killdeer nesting-2017
    Killdeer nesting-2017
    Limpkin-2017
    Limpkin-2017
    Limpkin pair-2017
    Limpkin pair-2017
    Limpkin with chicks 2017
    Limpkin with chicks 2017
    Little Blue Heron 2011
    Little Blue Heron 2011
    Loggerhead Shrike 2014
    Loggerhead Shrike 2014
    Mallard Ducks – 2017
    Mallard Ducks – 2017
    Mottled Duck 2011
    Mottled Duck 2011
    Mourning Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Nesting Great Blue Herons
    Nesting Great Blue Herons
    Northern Flicker Yellow-Shafted 2011
    Northern Flicker Yellow-Shafted 2011
    Northern Mocking Bird 2014
    Northern Mocking Bird 2014
    Osprey
    Osprey
    Purple Martins-2013
    Purple Martins-2013
    Red-Bellied Woodpecker 2012
    Red-Bellied Woodpecker 2012
    Red-Shouldered Hawk
    Red-Shouldered Hawk
    Roseate Spoonbill flying
    Roseate Spoonbill flying
    Roseate Spoonbill-2016
    Roseate Spoonbill-2016
    Egrette and Roseate Spoonbill, 2017
    Egrette and Roseate Spoonbill, 2017
    Sandhill Crane 2010
    Sandhill Crane 2010
    Nesting sandhill-2017
    Nesting sandhill-2017
    Sandhill crane with chicks 2017
    Sandhill crane with chicks 2017
    Sharp-Shinned Hawk 2012
    Sharp-Shinned Hawk 2012
    Snowy Egret 2011
    Snowy Egret 2011
    Snowy Egret with fish 2015
    Snowy Egret with fish 2015
    Tri-colored Heron 2011
    Tri-colored Heron 2011
    Turkey Vulture 2011
    Turkey Vulture 2011
    White Ibis 2010
    White Ibis 2010
    Wood Stork 2012
    Wood Stork 2012