12-02-2012 Cruickshank Sanctuary

December 02, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I woke up Saturday to go shooting and decided to go back to bed.  I took the day off to catch up on some sleep.  Sunday morning I figured it was time to go visit my Scrub Jay buddies @ Cruickshank Sanctuary.  Cruickshank is a small sanctuary that is part of the Brevard EEL Program http://www.brevardcounty.us/EELProgram/Home and home to the Florida Scrub-Jay.  Florida Scrub-Jays are a Threatened Species due to habitat loss and are only found in Florida.  They are also a very social bird and live in family groups.  While walking around the sanctuary you encounter these families, usually hearing them first.  They always have sentinels on watch and will warn the group of your approach.  For most birds this warning would cause them to flee, but Scrub Jays have been habituated to humans and actually approach you.  Unfortunately many people feed them(PLEASE DON"T), so they will sometimes land on your head or hand.  Even without feeding them they will still do this and it is a very cool experience.  I enjoy going to the sanctuary to just hang out with them and watch them.

Also included in this set is a picture of a Red-shouldered Hawk eating a Glass Lizard in my back yard.  The Glass Lizard looks like a snake, but is actually a legless lizard.

 

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Florida Scrub Jay

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_CCP9076-38-Edit Pileated Woodpecker

_CCP9103-63-Edit Pileated Woodpecker

_CCP9104-64-Edit Red-shouldered Hawk

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