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 reported during the week of March 12-18, 2023!



American Bittern
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Kestrel
American Redstart
American Robin
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Black Vulture
Black-and-white Warbler
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blue Jay
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Blue-headed Vireo
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Cape May Warbler
Carolina Wren
Cedar Waxwing
Common Grackle
Common Ground Dove
Common Yellowthroat
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Screech Owl
Gray Catbird
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Egret
Green Heron
Hairy Woodpecker
House Sparrow
House Wren
Indigo Bunting
Little Blue Heron
Magnolia Warbler
Marsh Wren
Mourning Dove
Muscovy Duck
Northern Cardinal
Northern Flicker
Northern Harrier
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Parula
Northern Waterthrush
Orange-crowned Warbler
Painted Bunting
Palm Warbler
Pileated Woodpecker
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird
Roseate Spoonbill
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Sandhill Crane
Short-tailed Hawk
Snowy Egret
Summer Tanager
Swallow-tailed Kite
Swamp Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Tricolored Heron
Tufted Titmouse
Turkey Vulture
White Ibis
White-eyed Vireo
Wild Turkey
Wood Stork
Worm-eating Warbler
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler


Zebra Longwing
Gulf Fritillary
Ruddy Daggerwing
Cloudless Sulphur

Reptiles and Amphibians:

Carolina Green Anole
Cuban Brown Anole
Five-lined Skink
Black Racer
Yellow Rat Snake
Banded Watersnake
Peninsula Ribbon Snake
Water Moccasin
Red-bellied Turtle
Soft Shelled Turtle
Green Treefrog
Pig Frog
Leopard Frog
Cuban Tree Treefrog


Gray Squirrel
River Otter

Blooming Plants:

Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)

Swamp Lily  (Crinum americanum)

Lanceleaf Arrowhead (Sagittaria lancifolia)

Chapman's Arrowhead  (Sagittaria graminea var. chapmanii)

Common Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

Prairie Iris (Iris savannarum)

Narrowleafed Blue-eyed Grass  (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)

Thickleaf Wild Petunia (Ruellia succulenta)

Virginia Willow (Itea virginica)

Peelbark St.John's-Wort (Hypericum fasciculatum)

Cigar Orchid/Cowhorn Orchid  (Cyrtopodium punctatum)

Dingy-Flowered Star Orchid (Epidendrum anceps or amphistomum)

Delicate Ionopsis  (Ionopsis utricularioides )  

Leafless Beaked Orchid  (Sacoila lanceolata var. lanceolate)

Northern Needleleaf (Tillandsia balbisiana)

Cardinal Airplant (Tillandsia faciculata)

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