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United States, Florida

Overview

Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida. Located on the east side of the capital, the Miccosukee greenway is an excellent all year round site to see many of the areas common species. It can also be good during migration periods for songbirds and raptors and is good in winter for sparrows.

Birds

Notable Species

Winter

The lake holds up to 300 Ring-necked Duck at times as well as up to 50 Wood Duck (particularly in the evening). Wading birds such as Great Egret and Snowy Egret are common and both Tricolored Heron and White Ibis are regular.

The woodland trails should be explored for wintering warblers; a Yellow-breasted Chat wintered in 2005/06 and Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Black-and-white Warbler are easy to find at this time of year. Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Ruby-crowned Kinglet occur in plague proportions at times.

Out in the weedy fields both Henslow's Sparrow and Grasshopper Sparrow can be found along with the more common White-throated Sparrow.

The flooded hollow attracts many Wilson's Snipe and small numbers of both yellowlegs and Least Sandpiper. A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher spent a month in 2006 in this area and a Virginia Rail was also seen by the lake.

Spring/Summer

Purple Martin arrive in February and Eastern Bluebird numbers increase. There are approximately 50 bluebird boxes scattered aroud the greenway. Mississippi Kite arrive in mid-April and Northern Bobwhite and Wild Turkey can be seen and heard. Other breeding birds include Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Orchard Oriole and Northern Parula. Migrants are thin on the ground but Bobolink show up now and again as well as Indigo Bunting.

Fall

Migrants are much more abundant at the greenway at this time of year. The trees around the lake and flooded hollow are particularly attractive. Up to 20 species of warbler can be seen.

Check-list

Birds you can see here include:

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Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

The greenway can be reached by taking Capital Circle NE to Miccosukee Road. 1-2 miles east along Miccosukee brings you to the greenway which is on the north side of the road. There is a large parking area.

There are many trails leading to the woods and there is also a lake which holds a good variety of birds year round. In the field by the lake there is a hollow and during the fall and winter (depending on recent rainfall) it floods and attracts many birds.

Contact Details

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External Links

Miccosukee Canopy Road Greenway


Content and images originally posted by Limeybirder

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