Wildlife Sightings in Indian River Park

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Pileated Woodpecker
Use the comments feature below to report interesting wildlife sightings in the park.   Include the date and where you saw the wildlife!  The park is also listed as a Hotspot on ebird.org.  You can also post your wildlife photos from the park at the Indian River Nature Photos Flickr site.
Many more species of wildlife are present in the park than are usually seen. Some are nocturnal, coming out only at night in search of food. These are less likely to be encountered on your walk on this trail. Others are diurnal, feeding during the daylight hours. You may be fortunate enough to observe some of these; however, most will remain hidden.

The practice of good observation skills increases your chances of sighting more wildlife.
·         Walk slowly, stopping often; Sit still and wait for wildlife to show itself;
·         Look up, down and all around; look for footprints, nests and burrows
·         Listen carefully for sounds, indicating the presence of wildlife; Learn to identify birds by their songs;
·         Study the habitat, feeding and behavior characteristics of specific wildlife species;
·         Learn the signs of the different species of wildlife such as their scat (droppings), feathers, fur, and skin.

Species documented in the park including via eBird and iNaturalist:
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Mammals
  • Eastern cottontail rabbit
  • Eastern gray squirrel
  • Gray fox
  • Raccoon
  • Muskrat
Birds (for the latest list, see https://ebird.org/hotspot/L2807112/media?yr=all&m=)
  • Canada Goose
  • Mallards
    Mallard
  • Rock Pidgeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Chimney Swift
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Killdeer
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Solitary Sandpiper
  • Laughing Gull
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Green Heron
  • Yellow-crowned Night Heron
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Mississippi Kite
  • Osprey
  • Cooper's Hawk
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • American Kestrel
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Acadian Flycatcher
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Fish Crow
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Purple Martin
  • Barn Swallow
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
    Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown-headed Nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • House Wren
  • Winter Wren
  • Carolina Wren
  • European Starling
  • Gray Catbird
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Veery
  • Gray-cheeked Thrush
  • Swainson's Thrush
  • Hermit Thrush
    Hermit Thrush
  • Wood Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • House Finch
  • Purple Finch
  • Pine Siskin
  • American Goldfinch
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Field Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Orchard Oriole
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Ovenbird
  • Worm-eating Warbler
  • Louisiana Waterthrush
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Tennessee Warbler
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Connecticut Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Hooded Warbler
  • American Redstart
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Pine Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Yellow-throated Warbler
  • Prairie Warbler
  • Summer Tanager
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • Indigo Bunting
Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Eastern Kingsnake
    Eastern Garter Snake
  • Eastern Kingsnake 
  • Northern Rough Greensnake
  • Northern Watersnake
  • Eastern Box Turtle
  • Snapping Turtle
  • Southern Two-lined Salamander
  • Atlantic Coast Slimy Salamander
  • Broad-headed Skink
  • Common Five-lined Skink
  • Southern Green Frog
  • Southern Toad
Moths and Butterflies
  • Black Swallowtail
    Black Swallowtail
  • Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly
  • Common Buckeye Butterfly
  • Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly
  • Fiery Skipper
  • Horace's Duskywing Butterfly
  • Lace-winged Roadside Skipper
  • Pearl Crescent Butterfly
  • Sachem Butterfly
  • Silver Spotted Skipper
  • Southern Pearly-Eye Butterfly
  • Spicebush Swallowtail
  • Summer Azure
  • Tiger Swallowtail
  • Zebra Swallowtail
  • Baltimore Snout
  • Black-dotted Ruddy Moth
  • Canadian Melanolophia Moth
  • Common Eupithecia Moth
  • Common Tan Wave
  • Confused Eusarca Moth
  • Elm Spanworm Moth
  • European Cabbage White
  • Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth
  • Grape Leaffolder Moth
  • Ipsilon Dart Moth
  • Large Paectes Moth
  • Tulip-tree Silkmoth
    Luna Moth
  • Maple Webworm Moth
  • Mottled Prominent
  • Pale Lichen Moth
  • Red-lined Panopoda Moth
  • Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
  • Spotted Datana Moth
  • Tersa Sphinx Moth
  • Tulip-tree Beauty
  • Tulip-tree Silkmoth
Dragon- and Damselflies
  • Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly
  • Blue Dasher dragonfly
    Ebony Jewelwing
  • Common Whitetail dragonfly
  • Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly
  • Ebony Jewelwing damselfly
  • Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly
  • Halloween Pennant dragonfly
  • Painted Skimmer dragonfly
  • Wandering Glider dragonfly
Other Insects
  • Common Green June Beetle
  • Click Beetle
  • False Potato Beetle
  • Ground beetle
  • Horned Passalus Beetle
  • Longhorn Beetle
  • Net-winged Beetle
  • Oriental Beetle
  • Patent Leather Beetle
  • Striped Cucumber Beetle
  • Katydid
  • Wood cockroach
  • Obscure Bird Grashopper
  • Short-horned Grasshopper
  • Short-winged Green Grasshopper
  • Fire Fly (Lampyridae)
  • Cypress Twig Gall Midge
  • Bee Fly
  • Blow Fly
  • Crane Fly
  • Flesh Fly
  • Long-legged Fly
  • Marsh Fly
  • Scorpionfly
  • Ladybug
  • American Rose Chafer
  • Eastern Black Carpenter Ant
  • Ants (various)
  • Termite
  • Carpenter Bee
  • Colletes Inaequalis Bee
  • American Bumble Bee
  • Common Eastern Bumble Bee
  • Honey Bee
  • Bald-faced Hornet
  • Eastern Yellowjacket
  • Besieger Wasp
Spiders, Mites
  • Marbled Orb-weaver
    Crab Spider
  • Daddy Long Legs (Opiliones)
  • Lynx Spider
  • Marbled Orb-weaver
  • Orchard Orb Weaver
  • Spined Micrathena Spider
  • Wolf Spider
  • Red Velvet Mite
Crustaceans
  • Pill Bug

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