Wildlife Through The Year: January

  • December and January are best times for watching waterfowl on wetlands, lakes, and prairies.
  • Nesting season begins for roseate spoonbills, Florida sandhill cranes, hawks and owls.
  • Carolina yellow jessamine blooms in north and central Florida woods.
  • Observe hawks and kestrels along highways.
  • During cold spells, manatees congregate at natural springs and industrial warm water sites.
  • Gray foxes, bobcats, and raccoons at peak of courtship and breeding this month.
  • Clouds of tree swallows roost at sunset over large marsh systems.
  • Snail kites begin courtship in central Florida late this month.
  • Cedar waxwings and robins are eating fruits such as holly berries.
  • Male cardinals begin territorial singing later in the month.
  • Early returning purple martins can be seen in South Florida.
  • Black bears in north Florida are sleeping in dens.
  • Deer mating season in the Panhandle.
  • Peak of wild hog farrowing season.
  • Black crappie start a feeding binge in central Florida.
  • Striped bass and sunshine bass move into open water to feed on shad.
  • Put your old Christmas tree to good use - start a brush pile near your bird feeder. Not only will it provide good year-round cover for birds, but it will also take up a lot less space in your county land fill.

FWC Facts:
Cranes are quite omnivorous. They feed on seeds, grain, berries, insects, earthworms, mice, small birds, snakes, lizards, frogs and crayfish, but they do not "fish" like herons.

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