Birding the Everglades: Long Pine Key

The Main Entrance to Everglades National Park is just fifteen minutes west of Florida City, FL.  Just ten minutes inside the gate is Long Pine Key, a camping and hiking area that offers great bird watching opportunities.  I arrived this weekend for an afternoon of hiking and was welcomed by an enormous flock of Tree Swallows swarming in circles above the small pond.  There must have been ten thousand of them, moving in concert, reminiscent of a school of sardines stretching hundreds of feet up into the sky.

Tree Swallows – Can you guess how many?

Tree Swallows – Dipping and Sipping

A juvenile Little Blue Heron doing a little fishing.

A Palm Warbler clinging to the reeds.

A Yellow-throated Warbler peeking out from a Pine Tree.