Upland Game Birds are a select species of birds in the Phasianidae family with the exception of the Northern Bobwhite and Scaled Quail that are in the Odontophoridae family, plus the Plain Chachalaca in the Cracidae family.
The Tufted Titmouse is a small gray bird with a loud voice that echoes through the forest that it inhabits. They are frequent visitors to feeders.
Sanderlings are small plump sandpipers. In breeding colors, they have rusty, black and white mottling.
Roseate Spoonbills are pale pink and white birds with a patch of brighter pink on the shoulders and rump. They are so named because of their spoon-shaped bill. Crustaceans and other aquatic invertebrates contain pigments called carotenoids that help turn their feathers pink after they eat them. The more they eat, the brighter pink in their feathers.
Gambel’s Quail live in the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave deserts in the western part of the United States. They inhabit thorny and brushy vegetation and can be seen along river valleys and creeks.
Pelican Island, a part of the Everglades Headwaters NWR complex located off the western coast of Orchid Island in the Indian River Lagoon just east of Sebastian, Florida was the first National Wildlife Refuge in the United States in 1903. President Theodore Roosevelt signed an executive order on March 14, 1903 to protect egrets and other birds from extinction through plume hunting. Shore birds like egrets, herons and pelicans began to thrive. There are two pelicans found in the United States.
Great Horned Owls usually adopt a nest that was originally built by another species, often an abandoned Red-tailed Hawk or other hawk species.
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.