Image from page 14 of "Where to find birds and enjoy natural history in Florida" ([n.d.])
Title: Where to find birds and enjoy natural history in Florida
Authors: Hundley, Margaret H. , ed
Publisher: Maitland, Fla. , Florida Audubon Society
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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SAMUn. A. ORIMIS The Ground Dove with its chestnut wing patches is not much larger than a House Sparrow. The Double-crested Cormorant, Brown Pelican, Ring- billed Gull, and Great Blue Heron are abundant throughout the entire area. Also commonly seen are the Ground Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Palm Warbler. Painted Buntings are found at many feeders. Continuing south on AlA, through Jensen Beach and south of the Outrigger Restaurant, one comes to St. Joseph's Academy on the east side of the road. There is an area of water and^ swamp here that has become a roost for Anhingas. Many birds can be seen from AlA and more by turning into the School driveway. Eighteen species were seen here on one visit. The Yellow-crowned Night Heron can often be seen within 30 feet, and as many as 20 to 30 Anhingas at a distance of 100 to 150 feet. Continuing south on AlA leads to the two bridges to Point Sewall and on to Hutchinson's Island. The first bridge is known locally as the "ten-cent bridge" and the second one as the "twenty-five cent bridge." The tolls are to be discontinued in the fall of 1963. On both bridges, Ruddy Turnstones, Ring-billed Gulls and Royal Terns compete for snacks from the fishermen on the bridge. One Common Egret, "Joe," adroitly evades auto traffic from both sides very gracefully. Above Hutchinson Island, one may sometimes see a Magnificent Frigatebird and an occasional Gannet over the ocean. The beach road east is productive of both land and water birds. Return over the bridges, to AlA east and then continue through Port Salerno. Bald Eagles nest in this area. The Inland Waterway east of the St. Lucie River has Wood Stork, White Ibis, and the Louisiana Heron. One or more Common Loons winter in the river. In Port Salerno, Cattle Egrets are common along the highway, and in the first mile or two south of the town limits Scrub Jays are numerous in the scrubby brush on the right side of the road. "O.O." or "Oscar" is the Oystercatcher that has spent the last seven winters on Singer Island opposite Riviera Beach. If anyone is interested in visiting some oflF-the-highway spots, call Charles Batchellor, Port Salerno, for information. Genevieve Trinter WEST PALM BEACH AREA LAKE OSBORNE in John Prince Park is a large lake in a residential area bordering the western boundary of the city of Lake Worth. Limpkins, ducks, gallinules, coots, and various water birds are easily recorded here. LOXAHATCHEE WILDLIFE REFUGE is a large impoundment area which borders highway 441 on the west, and the entrance lies one mile south of Boynton Road on 441. Sandhill Cranes and in certain conditions, hundreds of ducks can be seen, including Fulvous Tree Ducks. A bird list is available from the manager of the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge. H. P. Langridge PINE JOG SANCTUARY AND NATURE CEN- TER, Dillman Road, West Palm Beach, is located on typical flatwoods land of pine and scrub palmetto, and is most interesting from the angle of its plant life. Under the direction of Rex Conyers, director of the Nature Center, and also Conservation Education Director for Florida Audu- bon Society, the bird population is being built up through a bird attraction program of food, water, and increased variety of plant life. The Center is well worth a visit from those who are interested not only in finding birds, and observing other phases of natural history, but also in seeing the manifestly keen interest of boys and girls, their parents and teachers, in the problems of conservation of all natural resources when the right ecological approach is made. C. R. M.
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