May 2014 Black & White
There are a good number of Florida birds with black, white or black and white feathering. Here are a couple dozen plus I’ve seen, including several this month.
LARGE – Of course the most impressive of the larger birds are the raptors. Regular visitors include the Bald eagle and Swallow-tailed kite.
Among common year-round locals are the Black vulture and Osprey.
Large long-legged black and white birds include occasional visitors like the Black-necked Stilt and American Avocet.
And the more common and year-round locals–the White Ibis and Wood Stork, and the all white Great and Snowy egrets.
The final four large black or black and white birds are the occasional Magnificent frigatebird, the American White pelican (winter visitor), and the year round Double-crested cormorant and Black Skimmer.
SMALL – Black, and black and white feathered smaller birds are well represented also. Three common black birds are the American and Fish crows, and the Boat-tailed grackle.
A couple of warblers make the list also–the Blackpoll and Black-and-white warblers.
And a pair of woodpeckers too–the Downy and Red-cockaded female woodpeckers.
Also a couple of winter visitors–the Great Black-backed gull and Common loon.
Year round birds usually seen in the same habitats include the American Coot and Common gallinule.
Finally, last but not least, we were treated to a visit by Razorvills back in December 2012!
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist