Joe Overstreet Landing

Joe Overstreet Landing

Joe Overstreet Rd. is fairly rural, so you can feel comfortable pulling over for a better look. Please respect private property, however, and stay on the road, the right-of-way, and the public boat ramp area at the end of the road. Joe Overstreet Rd. can be as rewarding as the landing itself. As you drive along it, look carefully in the pastures on either side for resident species such as Florida Sandhill Crane, Wild Turkey, Eastern Meadowlark, Bald Eagle, Crested Caracara and Loggerhead Shrike. In the winter months small flocks of Palm Warblers and Savannah Sparrows will be present along with the occasional House Wren and Gray Catbird. During spring and fall migration shorebirds can be found in the sod fields especially when there is standing water; Long-billed Dowitchers and both Pectoral and Stilt Sandpiper are recorded annually and Buff-breasted and Upland Sandpipers are near annual. At the end of the road there is a campsite and store. Check the boat ramp area and marsh for Limpkins and ibis. Bring along a spotting scope to search for Snail Kites, which cruise over Lake Kissimmee in search of apple snails; if you are really lucky the kites sometimes perch on posts close to the shore affording brilliant views. Scan the lake for wintering ducks and Purple Gallinule are often present. Several rarities have been recorded at this site including Long-billed Curlew, Western Kingbird, and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.

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