Results of the Florida trip + Big Bend Bat Trip

Hey folks,

I thought I would post a quick update on my trip to Florida.  Again, it was mostly a birding trip, however  where possible I did try to see mammals.  The early morning wake ups though, and the time spent in urban areas, pretty much limited the number of mammals I could see.  Still I recorded the following species:

Nine-banded Armadillo: one young individual feeding at Oscar Scherer State Park: very tame

West Indian Manatee: multiple animals provided excellent views at the Flamingo Marina, sometimes just 5 feet off the dock.  Also seen at the Big Bend Powerplant Manatee viewing area in Tampa, although these were more distant (Great views of Bonnethead sharks here however).  A lifer

Eastern Gray Squirrel: common in urban/suburban areas

Marsh Rabbit:  Good views at Green Cay Wetlands, early morning.  Look for this species in the grassy berms; A lifer

Common Raccoon?:  eyeshine while nightcruising Everglade from Flamingo seems to match this species

White-tailed Deer: numerous individuals at Myakka River State Park

Inshore Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin: one near the Tampa Convention center.

Spent 2+ hours road cruising the Everglades, but didn’t observe much other than the possible raccoon and good lucks at Whippoorwill.  Maybe just didn’t put enough time in, although the super windy conditions might have also played a role.


On an unrelated note, Fiona Reid is offering a Batwatch trip to the Big Bend area this summer for a week of mistnetting.  Ghost-faced Bat will be a target.  It’s a bit outside my budget, but other people here might be interested

Batwatch Big Bend




  • John Fox


    I know what you mean about mammal watching on a birding trip. Just birding hard can wear you out, road cruising at night for mammals makes it even tougher. Congrats on a couple lifers.

    And thanks for the link to Fiona Reid’s trip to Big Bend. I wish she would post trip reports somewhere. There aren’t that many mammal tours, I do like to read about them.

  • morganchurchill

    I met Fiona Reid Last week; she had a booth at the marine mammal conference. She seemed pretty nice and would probably email you a trip report if you contacted her. Although the Big Bend trip is new so probably couldn’t provide much more info. I would seriously consider doing it if I had the money/time

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