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Old 05-08-2013, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Clearwater, FL.
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Being new to Central Florida, I love watching the wildlife and the assortment of birds. I'd like to know what's the most interesting/exotic wild bird you've seen in the greater Orlando area (i.e. a local call from Orlando - if there is such a thing as a "local" call anymore). I've seen a few bald eagles here, and that's always exciting. I had seen a few roseate spoonbills when living in Jacksonville, but none here so far. I've seen some anhingas, some pelicans, swallow-tailed kites, and tons of ospreys and ibises. Maybe one day I'll get lucky and see a flamingo or ivory-billed woodpecker.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:15 AM
 
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I grew up in Alaska, so Bald Eagles aren't exciting to me.

I once saw a giant stork in Orlando, which I thought was quite amazing.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:33 PM
 
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I grew up in Alaska, so Bald Eagles aren't exciting to me.

I once saw a giant stork in Orlando, which I thought was quite amazing.

Wood Storks have such an ugly face/head but their wings are beautiful. Wood Stork - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

My two favorite wild birds right now are the Sand Hill Crains and The Black Skimmers.

Sandhill Crane - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Black Skimmers - 003 - YouTube

I have only seen 1 spoon bill in the 35 years I have lived in Central Florida and that was just last year.
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Clearwater, FL.
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There are a pair of Sandhill Cranes near where I live, and I see them occasionally. I always enjoy seeing such large birds. Two of them recently flew over my house, making their unique calling sounds. I sometimes see wood storks and admit that they're not pretty, even though they're endangered (or were).
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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I love the birds here. I've seen many of the birds of prey including Eagles, I had one come at my windshield when I was showing a house in Kiss a couple years ago. It was pretty cool.... 2 ft from a bird with a wingspan larger than the width of my car.

There are many red winged black birds around Lake Eola, I love to see them. I always love a run in with the sand Cranes too... very cool birds.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:12 PM
 
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I saw some sort of hawk in Kissimmee.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:50 AM
 
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Big Sand Hill Cranes walking down the middle of the street in Independence.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:50 AM
 
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hummingbird. I thought it was a giant bumble bee at first.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:42 AM
 
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It took over 30 years of looking but last year I finally saw a crested caracara in Lake Wales...then five minutes later I saw its mate. The next day I saw a snail kite.

Bald eagles aren't even on Florida's endangered species list anymore. Wood storks should be coming off soon as well. Here are the remaining endangered birds in Florida, according to the internet:

Caracara, Audubon's crested (Polyborus plancus audubonii)
Coral, elkhorn (Acropora palmata)
Coral, staghorn (Acropora cervicornis)
Crocodile, American (Crocodylus acutus)
Darter, Okaloosa (Etheostoma okaloosae)
Deer, key (Odocoileus virginianus clavium)
Jay, Florida scrub (Aphelocoma coerulescens)
Kite, Everglade snail (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus)

Manatee, West Indian (Trichechus manatus)
Moccasinshell, Gulf (Medionidus penicillatus)
Moccasinshell, Ochlockonee (Medionidus simpsonianus)
Mouse, Anastasia Island beach (Peromyscus polionotus phasma)
Mouse, Choctawhatchee beach (Peromyscus polionotus allophrys)
Mouse, Key Largo cotton (Peromyscus gossypinus allapaticola)
Mouse, Perdido Key beach (Peromyscus polionotus trissyllepsis)
Mouse, southeastern beach (Peromyscus polionotus niveiventris)
Mouse, St. Andrew beach (Peromyscus polionotus peninsularis)
Panther, Florida (Puma concolor coryi)
Pigtoe, oval (Pleurobema pyriforme)
Plover, piping (Charadrius melodus)
Pocketbook, shinyrayed (Lampsilis subangulata)
Rabbit, Lower Keys marsh (Sylvilagus palustris hefneri)
Rice rat (Oryzomys palustris natator)
Salamander, flatwoods (Ambystoma cingulatum)
Sawfish, smalltooth (Pristis pectinata)
Sea turtle, green (Chelonia mydas)
Sea turtle, green (Chelonia mydas)
Sea turtle, hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata)
Sea turtle, Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Sea turtle, leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea)
Sea turtle, loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Seal, Caribbean monk (Monachus tropicalis)
Shrimp, Squirrel Chimney Cave (Palaemonetes cummingi)
Skink, bluetail mole (Eumeces egregius lividus)
Skink, sand (Neoseps reynoldsi)
Slabshell, Chipola (Elliptio chipolaensis)
Snail, Stock Island tree (Orthalicus reses (not incl. nesodryas))
Snake, Atlantic salt marsh (Nerodia clarkii taeniata)
Snake, eastern indigo (Drymarchon corais couperi)
Sparrow, Cape Sable seaside (Ammodramus maritimus mirabilis)
Sparrow, Florida grasshopper (Ammodramus savannarum floridanus)
Stork, wood (Mycteria americana)

Sturgeon, gulf (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi)
Sturgeon, shortnose (Acipenser brevirostrum)
Tern, roseate (Sterna dougallii dougallii)
Three-ridge, fat (mussel) (Amblema neislerii)
Vole, Florida salt marsh (Microtus pennsylvanicus dukecampbelli)
Whale, finback (Balaenoptera physalus)
Whale, humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae)
Whale, right (Balaena glacialis (incl. australis))
Woodpecker, red-cockaded (Picoides borealis)
Woodrat, Key Largo (Neotoma floridana smalli)
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:17 AM
 
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We love it when we see wild turkeys in the fields off 192 near Harmony, too.
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