Birds on the 18th Hole

June 6, 2016

Great views from Queen's Harbour in Jacksonville, FloridaWe have a premier Jacksonville golf course bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway that features tidal marshlands and century-old Spanish oak trees. Of all the Jacksonville golf courses, the challenge and scenery of Queen’s Harbour truly sets it apart as one of the finest. In addition, it provides a safe haven for exquisite wildlife, especially wildfowl. Specifically, two towering pine trees that border the 10th and 18th fairways provide refuge for a pair of stunning residents. The first is the majestic Osprey. This large raptor, also known as a “Fish Hawk”, prefers to nest in tall dead trees. You can hear the Osprey love songs as they call one another while soaring overhead. Their calls and nests are signs of the arrival of spring.

Great views from Queen's Harbour in Jacksonville, FloridaThe second raptor inhabitant is the Great Horned Owl. This fearless hunter is a winter nester in Florida, and is distinguished by its piercing yellow eyes, and head feathers that look like horns. Despite the excitement of its sighting, it has been known to keep lagoon residents awake at night with a song that is normally a low-pitched but loud “hoo-hoo-hoo”.

 

 

 

craneLastly, the stately Great Blue Heron seen here with his friend the turtle, can be seen stalking small fish in the marsh, and in shallow water on the golf course. All of the amazing wildlife combined with the course layout and design, make a round of golf in Queen’s Harbour a rewarding experience.