Ethics for Birdwatching Please do not disturb nesting birds, as this may expose eggs and young to extreme temperature and predation. Wintering wildlife need all of their energy reserves to withstand the stresses of harsh weather and migration, particularly during feeding and resting periods, therefore they should be disturbed as little as possible. DO NOT LITTER! Many birds die when they become entangled in fishing lines, 6-pack rings and other trash. Symbols in Checklist W Sp S F Winter (December, January, February) Spring (March, April, May) Summer (June, July, August) Fall (September, October, November) Seasonal Abundance A Abundant (common species) C Common (certain to be seen in suitable habitat) U Uncommon (present but not certain to be seen) O Occasional (seen a few times during the season) R Rare (seen at intervals of 2-5 years) * # Have nested in park Exotic species Special thanks to Ethel Kujanpaa. Her input and careful observance made this list possible. W Sp S F Loons and Grebes __ Pied-billed Grebe U U Pelicans and their Allies __ Anhinga __ Double-crested Cormorant C U C C C U U U Herons, Egret and Bitterns __ Cattle Egret __ Great Blue Heron __ Great Blue Heron (white form) __ Great Egret __ Green Heron * __ Least Bittern * __ Little Blue Heron __ Snowy Egret __ Tricolored Heron Ibises, Spoonbills and Storks __ Glossy Ibis __ White Ibis __ Wood Stork __ Roseate Spoonbill Waterfowl __ Blue-winged Teal __ Mottled Duck __ Wood Duck * Vulture, Hawks and Allies __ American Kestrel __ Bald Eagle __ Black Vulture __ Cooper’s Hawk __ Merlin __ Osprey __ Peregrine Falcon __ Red-shouldered Hawk __ Red-tailed Hawk U C U U U U U U O C U U C R U U R U U U U U C U U U C R U U U U U U U U R U U U O O O R C C C C R C C W Sp S F Vulture, Hawks and Allies (cont.) __ Sharp-shinned Hawk U __ Swallow-tailed Kite __ Turkey Vulture C U C U R C U U C C U U Shorebirds __ Common Snipe __ Killdeer* __ Solitary Sandpiper O O O O C O O Gulls and Terns __ Ring-billed Gull __ Least Tern Doves __ Common Ground Dove __ Eurasian Collared Dove # __ Mourning Dove __ Rock Pigeon # __ White-winged Dove O C R A A U O U U C C R R O O O O U O C C U U U R U U U U U U Owls __ Eastern Screech Owl * __ Great Horned Owl * Goatsuckers __ Chuck-will’s-widow __ Common Nighthawk U C R O R R A A A A U U O O U U Swifts and Hummingbirds __ Chimney Swift C __ Ruby-throated Hummingbird U U Kingfishers __ Belted Kingfisher Rails, Gallinules, Coots and Cranes __ American Coot U __ Common Moorhen * C __ Limpkin * U __ Purple Gallinule * __ Sandhill Crane * C Cuckoos __ Yellow-billed Cuckoo C R O O C U U U R O C C C W Sp S F U U U U R A A U O Woodpeckers __ Downy Woodpecker * __ Northern Flicker __ Pileated Woodpecker * __ Red-bellied Woodpecker * __ Red-headed Woodpecker __ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Flycatchers __ Eastern Wood-Pewee __ Eastern Phoebe __ Great Crested Flycatcher* C C U U U U O U C C O U O O O U U U C C C R O O O O C O C U C R C R Swallows __ Barn Swallow __ Purple Martin * __ N. Rough-winged Swallow __ Tree Swallow O R O Jays and Crows __Blue Jay* __Fish Crow A U Wrens __Carolina Wren* __House Wren O O Bluebirds, Thrushes & Robins __American Robin O O Thrashers __Brown Thrasher __Gray Catbird __Northern Mockingbird O C A O O O C C A A A R O O O A A A U U U O U U U U U U U O O C O O W Sp S F Waxwings __Cedar Waxwings U U Shrikes __Loggerhead Shrike* C C Starlings __European Starling*# Vireos __Blue-headed Vireo __Red-eyed Vireo __White-eyed Vireo Warblers __American Redstart __Black-and-white Warbler __Blackpoll Warbler __Black-throated Blue Warbler __Common Yellowthroat __Northern Parula __Northern Waterthrush __Ovenbird __Palm Warbler __Prairie Warbler __Yellow-rumped Warbler __Yellow-throated Warbler C O O O U O C U O O O O U O R O C U C O Tanagers __Scarlet Tanager __Summer Tanager Cardinals, Grosbeaks & Allies __Blue Grosbeak __Indigo Bunting __Northern Cardinal* __Painted Bunting __Rose-breasted Grosbeak C R R O A C W Sp S F Sparrows __Savannah Sparrow C C C C O O O Blackbirds and Allies __Baltimore Oriole __Boat-tailed Grackle* __Brown-headed Cowbird __Common Grackle* __Red-winged Blackbird Of C A A Finches __American Goldfinch R Parakeets __Monk Parakeet# U C R A A U C R C A A A A U U O O U O O C U C O R R R O O A A A C C R BIRDS R OKEEHEELEE N ATURE CENTER 7715 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33413 561.233.1400 Fax: 561.233.1406 [email protected] www.pbcparks.com/nature These additional species are found in Okeeheelee Park but have not been seen in the Nature Center area. Nature trails open daily sunrise to sunset. __Forster’s Tern __Muscovy Duck# __Royal Tern __Ring-necked Duck Nature center exhibit hours are seasonal. Please call 561-233-1400 or check www.pbcparks.com/nature to confirm hours before you visit. R A U U A A U A U U Injured and Orphaned Wildlife Nestlings (featherless birds) can be safely placed back into their nest. Fledglings (feathered baby birds) often leave the nest before they are able to fly. Parent birds will continue to care for these babies. If you find a baby bird that is truly orphaned or an injured bird, DO NOT give it food or water. Place the bird in a ventilated box and call a wildlife rehabilitator immediately. Location The nature center is located one mile into Okeeheelee Park on the north side of Forest Hill Blvd. between Jog Rd. and the FL Turnpike. Programs are offered throughout the year for all ages as well as school field trips and programs for groups, scouts or clubs. Call to schedule your next group visit. Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Come explore 90 acres of pine flatwoods along more than 2 miles of trails as you search for some of the 113 species of birds that live here. Small ponds and a marsh encourage wading birds and waterfowl to rest and feed. Two blinds by the East Marsh allow for a closer look at these water birds. Bird feeders in front and behind the nature center building bring buntings, warblers and other small birds. Be sure to look for migrating hummingbirds in our butterfly garden and migrating warblers in fruiting and flowering trees. Enjoy your visit! Please notify staff of any unusual sightings. Thanks!