Photo of a Purple Gallinule taken by Barbara Segal on Seaboard Grade Rd.
PRAS Walkabout: Seaboard Grade Road, Cecil Webb Wildlife Management Area Meet: 8:00 AM at pay station – carpooling Coordinator: Barb Segal (651) 336-6959
Our next Peace River Audubon Walkabout will be on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 8 AM. We will be walking Seaboard Grade, a trail that meanders along a canal, past tall pines, hardwoods, and marshes. A variety of birds can be seen – check out the list below!
This will be an in and out walk of about 2 miles. We will meet at Cecil Webb Wildlife Management Area at 29200 Tuckers Grade, Punta Gorda, FL 33955. Drive past the pay station and meet the group at the corner across from the hunting check-in building. From there we will carpool to Seaboard Grade, about a 10 minute drive. You are welcome to follow us if you prefer to drive your own car or just meet us at Seaboard. Our birding guide will be PRAS member, Barbara Segal. You can contact Barbara at 651-336-6959 if you have any questions or concerns. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, bring water, wear sunscreen, and bring your binoculars! There are bathrooms near our meeting area, just look for the cement building on the right. All of our walks are free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!
Early Morning Option: If you like to be out birding early, Barbara plans to be there at 7 AM. You can head out with her to look for the early birds, then return to the entrance to meet the rest of the group at 8 AM. Call Barbara to let her know you will be joining that group.
Common Birds seen on Seaboard Grade: Northern Harrier Red-shouldered Hawk Osprey Northern Rough-winged swallow Ground Dove White-winged Dove Swamp Sparrow Northern Bobwhite Carolina Wren White-eyed Vireo Prairie Warbler Yellow-throated Warbler Black and white warbler Pied-billed Grebe Kestrel Osprey Anhinga Catbird Mockingbird House Wren Blue Jay Double-crested Cormorant Wood Stork Sandhill Crane Herons (green, black-crowned, little blue, great blue) and Egrets Belted Kingfisher Tree Swallow Meadowlark Pine Warbler Yellow-rumped warbler and Palm warbler
Less common birds seen within the past week in March: Bachmans Sparrow Louisiana Waterthrush Swallow-tailed Kite Pileated Woodpecker Brown-headed Nuthatch Hairy Woodpecker Ruby-crowned Kinglet Blue-headed and Yellow-throated warblers Sora King Rail Purple Gallinule Snail Kite Least Bittern (2) Marsh Wren Merlin