December 28, 2015
Results from the trip to North Cape Coral, Sirenia Vista Park, Joe Stonis Park and Festival Park have been posted. The trip bird was the Florida Scrub Jay.
The bird shown in this photo landed on a members head with no provocation. It is against the law to feed wildlife in Florida, but it is well known that many people are unaware of this fact and feed the Scrub Jays. This is evidenced by the fact that the Scrub Jays will land on your head, with no provocation, looking for a hand out.
Below is from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Feeding wildlife is generally discouraged and, in some cases, illegal. In Florida, it is illegal to feed manatees, sandhill cranes, bears, raccoons, foxes, and alligators. Intentionally placing food or garbage, allowing the placement of food or garbage, or offering food or garbage in such a manner that it attracts black bears, foxes, raccoons, or sandhill cranes and thereby creates a public nuisance is prohibited.
Additionally, intentionally feeding species listed as threatened, endangered, or of special concern – including Florida scrub-jays – is prohibited unless authorized by FWC permit. Feeding listed species is prohibited because it can negatively alter feeding behavior in some species and can cause them to become accustomed to people.
Feeding wildlife often has a detrimental rather than a helpful effect. Feeding animals may cause some species to concentrate so much on this supplemental feeding that they become a nuisance or a threat to people (e.g., bears, sandhill cranes). When fed, alligators can overcome their natural wariness and learn to associate people with food. When this happens, some of these alligators have to be removed and killed.
Feeding stations where wildlife congregates also can help spread diseases among wildlife. In addition, some food that is fed to wildlife is considered “junk food” to animals. Things like bread and other human staples are generally poor substitutes for naturally occurring foods that wildlife finds in the wild. If you maintain a bird feeder, it should be stocked with the proper feed and cleaned regularly. Feeders should be cleaned at least once every two weeks with soapy water and rinsed in a 10 percent bleach solution. Feeding birds responsibly can be a fun and safe activity. However, if you attract nuisance species (such as bears or sandhill cranes), you must stop feeding until these animals are no longer visiting your property. Intentionally attracting listed species to a feeder is prohibited.
2015-2016 Northwest Cape Coral
December 28, 2015
Trip Bird: Florida Scrub Jay
Hooded Merganser Sandwich Tern
Red-breasted Merganser Black Skimmer
Common Loon Eurasian Collared-Dove
Wood Stork Mourning Dove
Double-crested Cormorant Common Ground-Dove
Anhinga Great Horned Owl
American White Pelican Burrowing Owl
Brown Pelican Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Blue Heron Northern Flicker
Great Egret Pileated Woodpecker
Little Blue Heron Eastern Phoebe
Tricolored Heron Loggerhead Shrike
White Ibis Blue Jay
Black Vulture Florida Scrub-Jay
Turkey Vulture Fish Crow
Osprey Tree Swallow
Bald Eagle House Wren
Red-shouldered Hawk American Robin
Red-tailed Hawk Gray Catbird
American Kestrel Northern Mockingbird
Merlin European Starling
Sandhill Crane Common Yellowthroat
Black-bellied Plover Palm Warbler
Semipalmated Plover Pine Warbler
Killdeer Yellow-rumped Warbler
Greater Yellowlegs Eastern Towhee
Willet Swamp Sparrow
Marbled Godwit Northern Cardinal
Dunlin Eastern Meadowlark
Short-billed Dowitcher Common Grackle
Laughing Gull Boat-tailed Grackle
Ring-billed Gull American Goldfinch