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Watching wild birds is fun. Some birders travel the world to add another "lifer" to their list. Others enjoy watching the birds at feeders in their yard. Birders of all skill levels and areas of interest will find something of value. There are over 10,000 species of birds in the world. Classifying Bird Species:
In 1758 a man named Carolus Linnaeus (Carl von Linne) developed a classification system for all animals. He divided the animal Kingdom into groups that each had things in common. Then he divided those groups into smaller groups that had even more things in common. When he finally finished, there were seven levels in his system. At the lowest level is the species.
BIRDS OF THE UPPER KEY LARGO
The waters around Key Largo are an ecologically fascinating place where freshwater from the Everglades mixes with the saltwater of Florida Bay. Ever since John James Audubon visited Keys in 1832, birders have been taking notes — on the bird life of the Upper Florida Keys. The birds diversity of this coastal landscape are due to habitat nesting, and migration. First understand the forces that shape the land,its geology, and climate.
The wildlife in the Florida Keys varies , with the contrast in habitat. In our protected shallow flats and mangrove shoreline of the upper keys, we have most of the water bird species that inhabit coastal Florida. The Florida Keys: 7 types of herons, 4 types of egrets, cormorants, osprey, frigate birds, vultures, roseate spoonbills, bald eagles, kites, owls, hawks, stilts, brown pelicans, and white ibis and many more species of wildlife.The UPPER KEYS are more interesting in terms of wild life, trees and flowers. 18 million Americans a year go bird-watching on vacation. The Upper Keys is a place known for its fishing ,scuba diving, and to observe wildlife.
Every year, the Upper Keys is visited by many shorebirds that travel from North America and into South America. Hawks, songbirds, and shorebirds all stop on there migration south. The Keys are an important feeding and resting place for these migrating birds - many of whom fly thousands miles roundtrip from place to place. KAYAKING KEY LARGO AND THE UPPER KEYS
SNOWY EGRET - This bird stands two feet tall. It is an all white bird. With a long neck. Bill is black and slender. Legs are long and black. Feet are yellow. HABITAT - Coastal, Waterways, Marshes **** COMMON IN THE FLORIDA KEYS
Magnificent Frigatebird is huge in size, long, pointed wings and forked tail. This large blach seabird with an orange throat patch inflated into a huge bright red-orange ballon when in courtship. A long-winged, fork-tailed bird of tropical oceans, the Magnificent Frigatebird is an agile flier that snatches food off the surface of the ocean and steals food (Fish, jellyfish, carrion, eggs, other species' chicks) from other birds. HABITAT - Coastal, Waterways, Marshes **** COMMON IN THE FLORIDA KEYS
BLACK VULTURE - This bird stands two feet tall. It has a four and a half feet wing span. The head is naked, scaly with a silvery shine. The bill is pale gray .Black Vultures soar the sky in all habitat in search of dead animals. They feed on dead fish, dead birds, and dead mammals. Range all areas of Florida. ***** COMMON IN THE FLORIDA KEYS
DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANT - This bird is 33 inches tall. The bird looks black with a green tint. It has a narrow, hooked bill.The skin on the throat is orange. The cormorant spreads its wings to dry when at rest. Nest in mangrove trees. Habitat - coastal areas and large inland waterways. **** COMMON FROM KEY WEST TO KEY LARGO
ANHINGA - This bird is 34 inches tall. The bird looks black, with a green tint. the inside upper wing surface is white. The wings and bill are both long and pointed.The neck is slender. It has short legs and it has pink, webbed feet. It has long tail feathers. This bird is without oil glands for proofing. HABITAT - Freshwater marshes, rivers and swamps. **** COMMON IN THE EVERGLADES
WHITE IBIS - This bird is 26 inches tall.The adult bird is all white. The tip of the outer wing is black. This bird has a long neck and stands on long legs. It has an extremely long, downcurved bill. HABITAT - Marshes, swamps, tidal areas, watersides. ***** COMMON IN THE FLORIDA KEYS
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BIRDS OF THE FLORIDA KEYS
The White-headed Pigeon arrives on the Southern Keys of the Floridas, from the Island of Cuba, about the 20th of April, sometimes not until the 1st of May, for the purpose of residing there for a season, and rearing its young
Green heron Butorides virescens ... A small, stocky wading bird, the Green Heron is common in wet spots across much of North America. Length: 14 inches Wingspan: 25 inches; Sexes similar; Small, short-legged and short-necked heron; Long, dark, pointed bill; Yellow legs; Tucks neck in close to body in flight and often at rest, rarely extending it Blue-gray back and wings; Greenish black cap on head
The Osprey, Pandion haliaetus... whose species name is derived from the Greek ‘hals’ (salt or sea) and ‘aetos,’ or eagle; One of the largest birds of prey in North America; The osprey is one of the most widely distributed birds in the world, found on every continent except Antarctica. An osprey is a large bird with a length of 22-25 inches, a wingspan of 4.5-6 feet, and a weight of approximately four pounds. The Osprey is a medium-large raptor which is a specialist fish-eater. The female Osprey had a ring of brown spots around her neck. Ospreys sometimes nest in close proximity to one another if food is plentiful.
Great Egret a large white heron, Great Egret Ardea alba, also known as the Great White Egret, White Heron, or Common Egret, is a wading egret, found in most of the tropical and warmer The great egret is a little over three feet tall with a wingspan of almost five feet. The Great Egret, is a tall, white wading bird with long black legs. the bill and facial skin are yellow. The feet are dark olive-grey. Its feathers are entirely white. The great egret is a slender, graceful heron that forages in marshlands. During the breeding season it displays a spectacular cloak of delicate feathery; Typically, great egret nests are built with other heron nests in a colony in wetlands and wooded swamps. Nests are a flimsy platform constructed of sticks,
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Red-bellied Woodpecker: Medium woodpecker, black-and-white barred upperparts, pale gray-brown underparts with indistinct red wash on belly. Head has bright red crown and nape, pale brown face. White rump, white wing patches, and white-barred central tail feathers are visible in flight.
Gray Catbird: Small, shy, dark gray mockingbird with black cap and red-brown undertail coverts. The bill, legs, and feet are black. Forages on ground, shrubs and branches. Feeds mostly on insects and their larvae, spiders, berries and fruits. Swift direct flight on rapid wing beats.
Blue Jay: Medium, noisy jay with bright blue upperparts, pale gray underparts, distinct head crest, and neck surrounded with a curious black necklace. Black-barred wings and tail have prominent white patches. Direct flight with steady and bouyant wing beats. Glides between perches or to the ground.
Red-winged Blackbird: Small blackbird with jet-black body and bright red shoulder patches edged with yellow on bottom. Runs or hops while foraging on the ground. Eats seeds, grains, berries, fruits, insects, caterpillars, spiders, snails, grubs and mollusks. Strong direct flight on rapid wing beats.
Mourning Dove: Medium-sized dove with gray-brown upperparts and pink-brown underparts. Eyes are dark with a small, black spot beneath. Bill is dark. Wings are gray-brown with black spots and dark primaries. Tail is long and pointed with black-edged white tips on outer feathers. Swift direct flight.
Boat-tailed Grackle: Rarely strays from coastal salt marshes except in Florida where it is also inland. It is found around ponds and streams (Florida peninsula), farmlands, towns and cities.
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PARKS AND BEACHES OF THE UPPER KEYS
Key Largo, Florida, is the northernmost island of the Florida Keys island chain. The island also offers numerous shoreside activities including nature trails and wild birds. Relax and enjoy the wonderful birds and other wildlife that await you. Key Largo is a great place to watch migratory birds. Key Largo is on the migration path. Key Largo is a great place to see birds that go from the north to the south in the fall, and then again from the south back to the north in the spring. Tour the shore and see the birds of Florida up close or walk the trails ot the many tropical hammocks.Florida Keys Wild Bird Center: At this beautiful sanctuary, you'll have the chance to observe healthy, wild, and beautiful birds.
Important Bird Area: Florida Keys Region (Crocodile Lake NWR, John Pennekamp State Park, Key Largo Hammock State Botanical Site, Lignumvitae Key State Botanical Site, Long Key State Park, and the many miles of mangrove shores.
The Key Largo birding enthusiasts should look for birds everywhere—on the wires and poles along the road, on the mud flats visible at the ends of bridges, and at the end of side roads that go to the bay. The best birding on the shore will almost always be at low tide.
This condo offers spectacular OCEAN VIEWS and overlooks a Protected Wildlife Area. Many of species of birds and animials can be seen in their native habitat, such as a family of Osprey, their nest is perched directly behind the unit. The unique geography of the Florida Keys has resulted in plant and animal communities more similar to Caribbean islands than to the rest of the United States, and some plants and animals are found nowhere else in the world.
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