September 2013 Yard Birds

Visitors

With only a handful of migrant birds starting to slowly make their appearance, I decided to spend some time this month looking for “backyard” birds.  The highlight was finding a “new bird” for my Florida life list, a Veery (migrant).

Veery

Veery

Some other migrants stopped by for a visit, including Black-throated Blue warblers, and American redstarts.

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Male)

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Male)

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Female)

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Female)

American Redstart (Male)

American Redstart (Male)

American Redstart (Female)

American Redstart (Female)

A winter visitor, an Ovenbird arrived, and a summer bird, the Red-eyed vireo was preparing to depart.

Ovenbird

Ovenbird

Red-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Also, a couple of year-round birds were on hand that I seem to see more often during migration–a White-eyed vireo and the Common yellowthroat.

White-eyed Vireo

White-eyed Vireo

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Regulars

We have a feeder in the backyard so a number of locals (year-round birds) come by on a regular basis.   We see good numbers of Cardinals, Blue jays, Titmice, Carolina wrens and chickadees.

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee

Less common visitors to the feeder include the House finch and Downy woodpecker.

House Finch

House Finch

Downy  Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

And a newcomer I’ve been seeing around the house the past couple of months, a Brown Thrasher.

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Big Birds 

As you can see backyard birds are usually small, though I’ve seen an occasional hawk and once vultures on the garage roof wanting to get at a dead cat.  So I went to Huguenot Park for a “big bird” fix.  I saw the usual Osprey along with a Reddish egret and Turkey vultures.

Osprey

Osprey

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

And finally, at Comanche Cove near St Augustine, I found this Black-crowned Night-Heron.

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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