The Black-crowned Night-Heron is a resident to medium-distance migrant. There are populations that don’t migrate at and stay in the same area year-round or will travel short distances.
Hooded Mergansers are resident to medium distance migrants in North America. Florida gets them in the late winter, but they don’t breed in our state.
Limpkins are brown and white birds with a very loud piercing call. They are a tropical wetland bird that resembles herons and egrets, however they are more closely related to rails and cranes.
The Belted Kingfisher is a large stocky fish-eating bird with a high pitched call. They are blue-gray and white, however the female has a chestnut colored band around the belly and along the flanks that are not evident in the male.
The Florida Scrub-Jay can only be found in…you guessed it….Florida. They have a flat untufted head similar to the California Scrub-Jay.
The Glossy Ibis looks black however if you have a good pair of binoculars, you will be able to see deep maroon, emerald, bronze and violet feathers.
Tricolored Herons are slender birds with feathers of blue-gray, lavender and white. The white belly and stripe going up to the neck sets it apart from other herons.
The Purple Gallinule is one of the most colorful birds in North America. They are found in the southernmost part of the United States, along the coasts of Mexico, South America and throughout Central America.
The male House Finch and Purple Finch are very similar and can be hard to identify. Both can be a light to dark red in color.
The Snowy Egret was one of the most hunted birds in the late 1800’s for their elegant feathers to adorn the most fashionable ladies hats.