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.

Bald Eagle (Adult)

Bald Eagle (Adult)

Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite

Among common year-round locals are the Black vulture and Osprey.

Black Vulture

Black Vulture

Osprey

Osprey

Large long-legged black and white birds include occasional visitors like the Black-necked Stilt and American Avocet.

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

American Avocet

And the more common and year-round locals–the White Ibis and Wood Stork, and the all white Great and Snowy egrets.

White Ibis

White Ibis

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Great Egret

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

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.

Magnificent Frigatebird

Magnificent Frigatebird

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Black Skimmer

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.

American Crow

American Crow

Fish Crow

Fish Crow

Boat-tailed Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

A couple of warblers make the list also–the Blackpoll and Black-and-white warblers.

Blackpoll Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

And a pair of woodpeckers too–the Downy and Red-cockaded female woodpeckers.

Downy Woodpecker (Female)

Downy Woodpecker (Female)

Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Female)

Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Female)

Also a couple of winter visitors–the Great Black-backed gull and Common loon.

Great Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Common Loon

Common Loon

Year round  birds usually seen in the same habitats include the American Coot and Common gallinule.

American Coot

American Coot

Common Gallinule

Common Gallinule

Finally, last but not least, we were treated to a visit by Razorvills back in December 2012!

Razorbill

Razorbill

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

 

 

 

 

 

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