Corkscrew Swamp and Oil Well Road

A somewhat prehistoric looking Wood Stork.

A somewhat prehistoric looking Wood Stork.


This morning I birded Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Oil Well Road. At Corkscrew I had a nice mix of warblers including Palm, Yellow-throated, Black and White, Northern Parula and Common Yellowthroat. I had both White-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos. An Eastern Screech Owl was calling. The find of the morning however came in the form of a sparrow. Sparrows aren’t that common in south Florida. This was my first ever at Corkscrew and it was a good one. A beautiful adult LINCOLON’S SPARROW. A new state bird for me. From there I went to Oil Well Road where thousands of waders, ducks and shorebirds were present. The show stopper was 153 ROSEATE SPOONBILLS. All of the usual waders were present in big numbers. In addition a few American White Pelican and hundreds of American Coot. Also present, Blue-winged Teal, Mottled Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Stork etc. Back at Bonita Beach, I had my first CASPIAN TERN of the trip.
If you ever wonder if you would notice the size difference in Caspian and Royal Terns in a big group, the answer is yes.

If you ever wonder if you would notice the size difference in Caspian and Royal Terns in a big group, the answer is yes.

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2 Responses to Corkscrew Swamp and Oil Well Road

  1. Wilma Amthor says:

    Great shots of all the places and birds you have been visiting! I wish I was there to see them….and to see the warmth. It is snowing here right now!!!YUCKY!!!!

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