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Saturday, March 31, 2018

OVENBIRD, KEY WEST TROPICAL FOREST & BOTANICAL GARDEN,STOCK ISLAND, 3/26 & 3/27/18

   We can ID this warbler as an Ovenbird by its olive upperparts, white underparts heavily streaked with black, white eyering and a line of orange feathers running along the top of head bordered on each side by blackish-brown stripes.  The eyes are dark, the upper mandible of the bill is dark, the lower mandible is horn-colored and the bill is pointed.  The Ovenbird's legs and feet are pink.
   The Ovenbird gets its name from the shape of it's nest, which has a dome shape and side entrance that make it resemble a Dutch oven.