October 2013 Goodbye-Hello

GOODBYE!

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.

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Female)

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Female)

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Summer visitors leaving our area for their winter grounds included Hummingbirds, Tanagers and Buntings.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Male)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Male)

Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager

Indigo Bunting (Juvenile)

Indigo Bunting (Juvenile)

Painted Bunting (Female)

Painted Bunting (Female)

HELLO!

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.

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler (Backside)

Prairie Warbler (Backside)

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

The first of the sparrows (Savannah) showed up along with the House wren and Eastern phoebe.

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

House Wren

House Wren

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

And returning raptors included Bald eagles and American kestrels, along with some water birds (Kingfishers and Plovers).

Bald Eagle (Second Year)

Bald Eagle (Second Year)

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

WOODPECKERS

I also saw a half-dozen species of woodpeckers this month, one being the returning Yellow-bellied sapsucker.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

The year round birds included the commonly seen Downy, Pileated and Red-bellied woodpeckers.

Downy Woodpecker (Male)

Downy Woodpecker (Male)

Pileated Woodpecker (Male)

Pileated Woodpecker (Male)

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Also, a Northern flicker, and finally Red-headed woodpeckers (adult and juvenile).

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Red-headed Woodpecker (Adult)

Red-headed Woodpecker (Adult)

Red-headed Woodpecker (Juvenile)

Red-headed Woodpecker (Juvenile)

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

“I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.” 

Emily Dickinson

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