Sunday, January 31, 2016
We thought this was an interesting photo seeing the hawk and Limpkin together, but also because the hawk is on the ground.
This Black-crowned Night-Heron is in the process of molting from a juvenile to an adult. This generally occurs this time of year. The bird has the black crown of an adult, but still has the yellow on the bill of a juvenile. It does not yet have the black back of an adult.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Not sure what the two Bald Eagles are doing here. At first we thought they might be mating, but in looking it up, it seems they mate in the air at high altitude.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
I thought these were unusual photos; this is the first time We have seen a Osprey in the water like this especially with other birds nearby.
These photos were taken at or near a birdfeeder across a canal at the western edge of Sugden Regional Park. The first two photos are of female Painted Buntings. The last photo is of a male Painted Bunting.
The male Painted Bunting is unmistakeable, with a dark blue head, bright green back and red front and rump (can't see the rump in this photo). All the colors in this photo are muted because of the shadow. The female Painted Bunting has a bright green back and head and a yellow or yellowish-green front. You can see these bright colors in the firsr photo; in the second photo they are muted.
The Painted Bunting is a new species to our Life List, which now stands at 263.
These photos were taken at or near a bird feeder across a canal at the western edge of Sugden Regional Park. The first three photos are of a nonbreeding male Indigo Bunting. The last photo is of a female Indigo Bunting.
The nonbreeding Indigo Bunting is basically brown with patches of bright blue. When breeding the male becomes completely blue. The female Indigo Bunting is also basically brown with a blue tail and some blue on its wungs.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Even though we can't see the yellow rump patch, we can ID this warbler as a Yellow-rumped Warbler due to the yellow sides, short dark bill, dark cheek, white eye-ring and white throat.