March is prime birdwatching time in the Everglades area. The beautiful ruby throated hummingbird is the smallest migratory visitor.
Summer is a very active time for nature in the Everglades area. In summer after big rains leave standing water in fields, the frogs make their presence known.
After the singing and serenading a baby boom will follow. Click here to hear the frogs singing in Everglades City.
The red-shouldered hawk is a common sight in the Everglades area. During the spring and summer months you can often find them by observing the behavior of other birds. When predators are present, mockingbirds, cardinals and starlings will often harass any hawks that enter their territory.
Unfortunately, some just may become the hawks dinner…like the starling that is this hawk’s dinner.
Have you seen the huge flocks of American White Pelicans flying over Everglades City and Chokoloskee? They are huge, majestic birds weighing up to 20 pounds with a 10 foot wingspan! You can see them on the outer islands just enjoying life!
Taking a trip to see them is well worth it!
The Everglades are beautiful throughout the year, but once fall comes, the native birds leave the rookeries and start frequenting their regular stops in Everglades City, Chokoloskee, and the surrounding areas. Migratory birds have started arriving too. We have spotted an eastern phoebe, painted bunting, rose-breasted grosbeak, numerous warblers, and several American kestrels. Every day more and more migratory birds are showing up.
Fall is a perfect time to get some stone crabs, a side of mustard sauce, grab your binoculars and check out the sights.
Snook season reopened in Collier County south of Gordon Pass on March 1st. In areas north, Snook and redfish are catch-and-release only in areas affected by red tide through May 10, 2019. This includes all state waters from the Pasco/Hernando county line south through Gordon Pass in Collier County, including all waters in Hillsborough County.
There is a limit of one per harvester per day, with a minimum length of 28 and a maximum length of 33 inches.
The Great Horned Owl Momma in Everglades City had two chicks again this year. This photo was taken on February 11th. The owlets can be seen on the light post behind the fire department and in front of the Thrift Shop!
The Great Horned Owls have chosen the nest site behind the fire station and in front of the community center in Everglades City for the second straight year. The momma bird can be seen sitting atop the nest during daylight hours. The owlets will be hatching in January and visible sometime in February.
This beautiful photo was taken by local photographer Greg Dupignac last year at the nest. Last year the Great Horned Owl pair raised two owlets.