September 2013 Yard Birds
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).
Some other migrants stopped by for a visit, including Black-throated Blue warblers, and American redstarts.
A winter visitor, an Ovenbird arrived, and a summer bird, the Red-eyed vireo was preparing to depart.
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.
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.
Less common visitors to the feeder include the House finch and Downy woodpecker.
And a newcomer I’ve been seeing around the house the past couple of months, a Brown Thrasher.
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.
And finally, at Comanche Cove near St Augustine, I found this Black-crowned Night-Heron.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist