Photos and reports of birds seen in our area in recent months will be posted here with the approximate location.  While the main focus will be on the Frostproof – Babson Park – Lake Wales area, sightings throughout Polk County will be included as well.  If you wish to contribute a photo or photos, please send them to jomarlin@bellsouth.net along with where and when it was taken, and any other pertinent information.  Recent sightings only, please!  No picture, no problem, just send an email with the information.


  • Sightings on August 27th on a walk in Hillcrest Heights: Two Eastern Kingbirds; Ovenbird; Yellow Warbler; Red-eyed Vireo. (Reported by Jacque Woodward)

  • On September 1st, Red-shouldered Hawk and Prairie Warbler, by Gail French.

  • September 3rd: Brown Thrasher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Downy Woodpecker, and Great-crested Flycatcher were seen in Hillcrest Heights by Gail French and Jacque Woodward.

  • September 6:  Yellow-throated Warblers, a pair of Bald Eagles, Prairie Warbler were seen in Hillcrest Heights by Gail French, Jacque Woodward and Joanne Wilson.

  • September 12 – 14: Brown Thrasher, pair of Bald Eagles, seen in Hillcrest Heights at the dock; Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Lake Wales near Hwy. 60 — Gail French

  • Week of September 16:  A number of Black-bellied Whistling ducks, including a pair with ducklings, are hanging out in the swampy area near the red barn maybe 1/4 mile east of Scenic Hwy on 630 in Frostproof.  In Hillcrest heights, Belted Kingfisher, Prairie Warbler, Yellow-throated Warblers, Cooper’s Hawk.

 

TwoEastern Kingbirds  seen in Hillcrest Heights 8/27/2018.
Photo by Gail French

 

Ovenbird spotted in Hillcrest Heights 8/27/2018
Photo by Gail French

 

Prairie Warbler, Hillcrest Heights, 1 September 2018, photo by Gail French

 

Brown Thrasher, seen September 3rd in Hillcrest heights. Photo by Gail French.

 

Male Downy Woodpecker, seen September 3rd in Hillcrest heights. Photo by Gail French.

 

Yellow-throated Warbler, Hillcrest Heights, 6 September. There were several, both genders. Photo by Joanne Wilson

 

Bald Eagle pair, Hillcrest Heights near the lake shore on 6 September. Photo by Joanne Wilson

 

Prairie Warbler, female, by the shore of Crooked Lake, Hillcrest Heights on 6 September. Photo by Joanne Wilson

 

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, spotted off Hwy 60 in Lake Wales. Photo by Gail French

 

Prairie Warbler, seen September 17th in Hillcrest Heights. Photo by Gail French.

 

Belted Kingfisher, September 18, Hillcrest Heights, by Crooked Lake. Photo by Gail French.