October 2013 Goodbye-Hello
October saw most of the migratory birds come, and along with some summer visitors, go. A few of the birds that I got to see passing through Florida this time of year included, Yellow, Black-throated Blue and Magnolia warblers, and the Eastern Wood-Pewee.
Summer visitors leaving our area for their winter grounds included Hummingbirds, Tanagers and Buntings.
A wide variety of wintering birds began arriving, including some warblers, flycatchers, raptors, sparrows, wrens and water birds. Several warblers winter here including Palm, Prairie, Black and White, and Yellow-rumped.
The first of the sparrows (Savannah) showed up along with the House wren and Eastern phoebe.
And returning raptors included Bald eagles and American kestrels, along with some water birds (Kingfishers and Plovers).
I also saw a half-dozen species of woodpeckers this month, one being the returning Yellow-bellied sapsucker.
The year round birds included the commonly seen Downy, Pileated and Red-bellied woodpeckers.
Also, a Northern flicker, and finally Red-headed woodpeckers (adult and juvenile).
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist
“I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.”