|Juvenile and adult Crested Caracara roosting in scrub oak|
Following work on Tuesday morning I headed out to Glades County to look for Crested caracara, Sandhill Cranes, Scrub Jays and wild turkeys. Along cr-74, much of the terrain is cattle country. Open grassland with patches of live oak groves and scrub oak. This scrub oak is the home for Florida Scrub Jays. Located two. One acted as sentry for the family group as it sat atop a tree as the others feed and rest. Also found roosting in the scrub oak were a few Crested Caracara. All together I counted five of the caracaras along this road. Was also able to add a couple of Eastern Meadowlarks, eleven American Crows, seven Sandhill Cranes and a Red-shouldered Hawk. But no turkeys
Headed back through Alva along North River Road, were I was able to pick-up a lone White-winged Dove resting a wire with several Mourning and Eurasian Collared Doves. The property behind this location appeared to have pens with several deer inside. At the western end of this road, near the Franklin Locks Campground is another property, who's owners are maintaining a variety of livestock including Llamas, donkeys, horses, cattle and several zebras. Kinda cool.
After Alva, I found a juvenile and adult Red-headed Woodpecker and another pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers at Caloosahatchee Regional Park. These woodpeckers are not too common this far south in Florida.
|Sweetgum at Calooshatchee Creeks|
|Wild Coffee at Caloosahatchee Creeks|
I lastly was interested in re-visiting Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve to see if any more migrants were on hand. Turned out to be a waste of time as the rains moved. Did not find any warblers at all, just Red-bellied, Downy and Pileated Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, White-eyed Vireo and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.