Birds that Nest on the Alafia Bank. The Alafia Bank Bird Sanctuary is composed of two spoil (manmade) islands south of the mouth of the Alafia River. SWFWMD Photo. Birds that Nest on the Alafia Bank.
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The Alafia Bank Bird Sanctuary is composed of two spoil (manmade) islands south of the mouth of the Alafia River.
Each spring, between 6,000 and 16,000 pairs of waterbirds nest in clusters or “colonies” on the islands.
Sixteen species nest on the islands, making this bird colony one of the most diverse colonies in the United States.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission lists the Alafia Bank Bird Sanctuary as the most important nesting colony in the state.
This is because of its population size, its species diversity, and the longevity of the colony’s use by nesting birds.
Species include brown pelicans, snowy egrets, little blue herons, tricolored herons, reddish egrets, white ibis, roseate spoonbills, and American oystercatchers.