[Note: for more information on the birds listed in
the following account, go to the Apalachicola River - Wildlife
At Bloody Bluff and Gardner Landing with their
bottomland hardwoods and gum-cypress communities you might observe
a bald eagle or osprey over the water, wood duck
(and other water fowl), wading birds, red-shouldered
hawk, barred owl, swallow-tailed and Mississippi
kites, hairy and pileated woodpeckers, red-eyed
vireo, Acadian flycatcher, northern parula and
Swainson's, prothonotary, yellow-throated,
and hooded warblers.
Along Cash Creek and the tidal freshwater marsh one
might observe rails, shorebirds, wading birds, and raptors. In the
surrounding mesic flatwoods one might see or hear
a brown-headed nuthatch, pine warbler, red-bellied
woodpecker, southeastern American kestrel or perhaps even
a Bachman's sparrow.
© Peter May
In the open bogs and wet savannas you might see
wintering species such as sedge wrens or perhaps Henslow's sparrow.
On the west side of the river, south of Howard Creek, the dove
fields and old agricultural fields are a good place to observe
swallow-tailed and Mississippi kites, and other birds of prey such
red-shouldered, red-tailed, sharp-shinned, Cooper's
hawks and southeastern American kestrel. In this area biologists
have also observed blue grosbeak, indigo bunting, summer
and scarlet tanagers, orchard and northern orioles and many
species of sparrrows and swallows.