Sanctuary Sightings

Catch up on what's been seen by staff and visitors.

Visitors and staff observe flora and fauna from the boardwalk on a daily basis. Below are some of the highlights since May 11, 2021! 



Mottled Duck

Wood Duck

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Chimney Swift

Common Gallinule


Double-crested Cormorant


Wood Stork


Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

White Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Black and Turkey Vultures

Swallow-tailed Kite

Cooper's Hawk

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Bald Eagle

Barred Owl 

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Pileated Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Downy Woodpecker

Eastern Wood Pewee

Great Crested Flycatcher

White-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American and Fish Crows

Tufted Titmouse

Brown-Headed Nuthatch

Purple Martin

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Carolina Wren

Northern Mockingbird

House Sparrow

Northern Parula

American Redstart

Pine Warbler

Northern Cardinal

Red-Winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle



Zebra Longwing

Orange-barred Sulphur

Great Southern White

Cloudless Sulfur

Gulf Fritillary

Palamedes Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Ruddy Daggerwing


Reptiles and Amphibians:

Carolina Green Anole

Cuban Brown Anole

Cottonmouth/Water Moccasin

Florida Banded Watersnake

Yellow Rat Snake

Peninsula Ribbon Snake

Black Racer

5-Lined Skink -  juvenile

Alligator - all sizes

Florida Red-bellied Turtle

Striped Mud Turtle

Green Treefrog

Pig Frog




River Otter

Gray Squirrel

Marsh Rabbit


Blooming Plants:

Scarlet Rosemallow  (Hibiscus coccineus)

Virginia Saltmarsh Mallow  (Kosteletzkya pentacarpos)

Pond Apple  (Annona glabra)

Saw Palmetto  (Serenoa repens)

Nutall's Thistle  (Cirsium nuttallii)

Thickleaf Wild Petunia  (Ruellia succulenta)

Swamp Lily  (Crinum americanum)

Elderberry  (Sambucus nigra)

Beggartick  (Bidens alba)

 Leavenworth's Tickseed  (Coreopsis leavenworthii)

Pineland Heliotrope  (Euploca polyphylla)

Button Rattlesnakemaster  (Eryngium yuccifolium)

Yellow Milkwort  (Polygala rugelii)

Rosy Camphorweed  ( Pluchea baccharis)

Dingy-Flowered Star Orchid  (Epidendrum anceps / Epidendrum amphistomum)

Florida Butterfly Orchid  (Encyclia tampensis)

Ball Moss  (Tillandsia recurvata)

Cardinal Airplant  (Tillandsia fasciculata)

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