|Roseate Spoonbills at STA5|
Today was my anticipated trip to the Southwest Florida Water Management District's, Stormwater Treatment site #5 . Only organized, guided tours are permitted at this time to access the property for birding. Therefore I had contacted the Hendry - Glades Audubon Society to make a reservation to attend today's tour. STA5 is located about twenty miles south of Clewiston, and is about two hours from home.
|American White Pelican at STA5|
|A concentration of Black-necked Stilts|
Today I am joined by my daughter Katie, who took many of these photos. On the trip over we spotted a pair of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, a trio of Crested Caracaras and a Broad-winged Hawk. Had a report of a sighting of a white-tailed kite near STA5 and were watching for any newly arrived swallow-tailed kites. But no kites today though.
|Great Blue Heron|
After three hours it was time to head home. Passed through Clewiston and Alva on the way and was able to add White-winged Doves and Indigo Buntings at the Alva bird feeders and Brown-headed Cowbirds in Clewiston.
|The burning of a sugar cane field|
My List from STA-5 (56)
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, American Wigeon, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Anhinga, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Cattle Egret, Green Heron, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Snail Kite, Northern Harrier, Red-shouldered Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Purple Swamphen, Purple Gallinule, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Limpkin, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Long-billed Dowitcher, Caspian Tern, Black Skimmer, Common Ground-Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Cassin's Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Tree Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, Palm Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Boat-tailed Grackle
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Broad-winged Hawk, Crested Caracara, Red-tailed Hawk, White-winged Doves, Indigo Bunting
|Florida Garter Snake|