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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

WOOD STORK, REAR PARKING LOT, WINN-DIXIE, 27680 BERMONT RD., PUNTA GORDA,FLORIDA, 1/14/2019



MALE YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, FRONT PARKING LOT, WINN-DIXIE,27680 BERMONT RD.,PUNTA GORDA,FLORIDA, 1/14/2019

         This male Yellow-headed Blackbird has been a continuing bird at this location.  It has been reported on ebird and SW Florida Bird Alert.  There were about 1/2 dozen birders looking for it.  It was finally spotted underneath a red pickup truck.  Since it was underneath the truck and in its shadow it was difficult to see and photograph.  It flew from underneath the truck to a nearby tree, where eventually it came out in the open.

         The last photo shows the bird underneath the truck in its shadow.  It is hard to make out.  All the other photos are of the bird when it was out in the open on the tree.

          We can ID this bird as a male Yellow--headed Blackbird as follows:
  • Black body with yellow or orange-yellow head, neck and chest
  • Conical, black pointed bill
  • Black mask.

    The Yellow-headed Blacbird is found in the summer in the Western U.S.  In the winter these birds migrate to Southwestern U.S. and Mexico.  It is rare in Eastern U.S., including Florida.

    The Yellow-headed Blacbird is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 840.










ANHINGA WRESTLING WITH A FISH, LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE,APOPKA,FLORIDA, 1/13/2019

   This Anhinga speared a fish and seems to have trouble getting it off its beak, so it can eat it.










MALE BELTED KINGFISHER, LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE,APOPKA,FLORIDA, 1/13/2019



LITTLE BLUE HERON, LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE,APOPKA,FLORIDA, 1/13/2019


PALM WARBLER, LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE,APOPKA,FLORIDA, 1/13/2019




GLOSSY IBIS, LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE,APOPKA,FLORIDA, 1/13/2019



NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE,APOPKA,FLORIDA, 1/13/2019



NONBREEDING CATTLE EGRET, LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE,APOPKA,FLORIDA, 1/13/2019



GREAT BLUE HERON, LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE,APOPKA,FLORIDA, 1/13/2019





OSPREY WITH FISH, LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE,APOPKA,FLORIDA, 1/13/2019



PIED-BILLED GREBE, LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE,APOPKA,FLORIDA, 1/13/2019


FEMALE RING-NECKED DUCK, LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE,APOPKA,FLORIDA, 1/13/2019



YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE,APOPKA,FLORIDA, 1/13/2019





EASTERN PHOEBE EATING AN INSECT, LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE,APOPKA,FLORIDA, 1/13/2019