Pinellas Hot Spots

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eBird recognised birding hotspots:

Crescent Lake is a 22 acre lake which is 40 feet deep. It is part of the Tampa Bay Estuary, and empties into coffee Pot Bayou near 22 Avenue North. Volunteers of Friends Crescent Lake have been working with grants from Tampa Bay Estuary Program to create wetland habitats of native plants at the north and south ends of the lake. It is one of the few lakes in the city of St. Petersburg where wetland areas have been permitted to establish and provide habitat for many species, including many wading birds.

Birding at Crescent Lake Park is getting better all the time, and is a great place to see diversity in a single stop. With the increasing size of the wetland areas, we see new birds nesting and feeding at the lake each year. Recently, at least two limpkin pairs have successfully nested and raised their young at the lake, and are now a very common resident. Some of the birds one is likely to see include Great Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Little Green Heron, Little Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Boat-Tailed Grackle, Brown Pelican, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Anhinga, Common Gallinule, Skimmer, Black-Crowned Night-Heron, American Coot, White Ibis, and on rare occasions Rosette Spoonbill.

In the winter we look forward to the arrival of White Pelican, Wood Stork, Pied-Bill Grebe, Lesser Scaup, Ring-Necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Northern Shoveler, Mallard Duck, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Green-Winged Teal, Blue-Winged Teal, and Double-Crested Cormorant. Phoebes can be seen perched on top of young bald cypress trees growing in the lake.  - Lucy T., Organizational Chair, Friends of Crescent Lake (08/2017)