January 2012 Guana WMA

The Wildlife Management Area (WMA), which is north of the Guana Reserve, is a large tract of land with a variety of habitats.  In January, Diane Reed, Pat Zaborsky, Lydia Schindler and I visited the WMA to look for birds.

The WMA borders Lake Guana and we were first greeted by a Great Blue Heron near the entrance, and a female Red-breasted Merganser and Lesser Scaup on the lake.

Great Blue Heron

Red-Breasted Merganser (Female)

Lesser Scaup (Male and Female)

Inside the WMA we saw a good mix of birds including towhees, spoonbills, woodpeckers, blue jays, parulas, and vultures.

Eastern Towhee

Roseate Spoonbill

Downy Woodpecker

Blue Jay

Northern Parula

Black Vulture

We also saw catbirds, sparrows, snipe, warblers, sandpipers, egrets, plovers, teal and other ducks.  Finally, working the marshes for prey was a Northern Harrier, viewed from a tower overlooking the lake.

Northern Harrier

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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