Prior to the development of our environmentally damaged phosphate mining site (when it was totally dominated by ~6 feet of cogongrass), birds were rarely seen. Perhaps one of the most gratifying accomplishments is seeing how significant levels of bird populations are returning to site.
While we are very much in a learning phase of fully understanding the "whys" of increased wildlife populations-- certain aspects are clear. For example, with tree canopies shading the forest floor, cogongrass is being effectively controlled. This is allowing native Florida plants such as creeping dayflower (a favorite food source, especially to Ground Doves) to return to the site. We also are observing tremendous numbers of tree frogs in eucalyptus stands.
Osprey -- Spring, Summer, Fall Resident. Red Tail Hawk - [pictures]
Red Shouldered Hawk
Common Ground Dove
Turkey and Black Vultures
Northern Mockingbird -- only along perimeter of farm.
Sandpiper -- Winter Resident.
Baltimore Oriole -- Winter Resident.
Northern Cardinal -- increasing populations.
Yellow-Throated and Palm Warbler -- Winter Resident.
American Robin -- Winter Resident.
Wood Stork -- found in wet areas.
Swallow-tail Kite -- Beautiful!, 1st siting on Farm May 2003.
Monarch or Viceroy -- (We are not sure)
Zebra Longwing -- State Butterfly of Florida
Black Racer -- most common snake on farm.
Red Rat/Corn Snake -- Very docile and pretty snake.
Indigo Snake -- Wow, around 7 to 8' in length!
Cottonmouth -- Common and very agressive snake.
Rattlesnake -- Not common, but are on tree farm.
Florida Panther -- One siting in February, early morning.