Bobolink (Dolychonyx oryzivorus)

Bobolink (Dolychonyx oryzivorus) SRQ is such a great place for birders, isn’t it? The winter certainly has its charms with the arrival of ducks, rails, sparrows etc. And then the long awaited Spring … [Read more...]

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)

The Bird with Outrageous Legs.... I know that the bird of the month should be the beautiful Pinecraft Wilson's Warbler....... or the handsome Dickcissel..... or even perhaps those plucky little … [Read more...]

American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)

I've always had some interest in taxonomy but you can't spend ten days in Colombia with Bruce Anderson (co- author of 'The Bird Life of Florida') without realizing its true value in bird … [Read more...]

Limpkin (Aramus guarana)

Limpkin (Aramus guarana) This month, to celebrate the opening of the Nature Centrer at the Celery Fields, I have chosen one of the most iconic birds of that marvelous  wetland area, a … [Read more...]

Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa)

4th September North Monomoy Island Cape Cod - 7 Red Knot. We had come out by boat to this windswept deserted 8 mile long spit of sand southwest of Chatham with a group from Massachusetts Audubon. … [Read more...]

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

It's been a great joy this spring to see Purple Martins nesting for the first time at the Celery Fields following the erection of two Purple Martin houses there in the second week in March. Given how … [Read more...]

Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)

There's hardly a more beautiful or majestic sight in early spring than the sight of a Swallow-tailed Kite soaring aloft in the blue skies of Florida. This bird, largest of the five species  of kite … [Read more...]


Purple and Common Gallinules This year has seen an unprecedented number of visitors to the two boardwalks at the Celery Fields.  One of the stars of the show, and a symbol of the success of the … [Read more...]


RED-NECKED PHALAROPE During September there was a lot of activity at the tidal pool at Siesta Key, where rain and strong winds ensured the pool was always full of waders and other shore birds. … [Read more...]