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a wide-eyed HERMIT thrush

2003-01-10 - 4:40 p.m.

I took a bird walk with D. this morning from 7:00 to 9:30 A.M. at Fontainebleau State Park. The conditions were fairly cold and windy. Although we were disappointed in our search for Bald Eagles, Ospreys, or any raptors whatsoever, we had a spectacular view of dozens, if not hundreds, of White Pelicans flying into the sunken area on the east side of the boardwalk over the marsh. The Hermit Thrush and the two Pine Warblers were special too.

I also believe I saw a Neotropic Cormorant. I know I saw a Neotropic Cormorant. It was sitting over the water on some stumps, with several other cormorants, and it was distinctly smaller. These birds are marching east, no doubt about it in my mind.*

  1. Pied-Billed Grebe

  2. White Pelican

  3. Brown Pelican

  4. Double-Crested Cormorant

  5. NEOTROPIC CORMORANT

  6. Great Egret --roadside

  7. Mallard

  8. Blue-Winged Teal

  9. Bufflehead

  10. Turkey Vulture --roadside

  11. American Coot

  12. Ring-Billed Gull

  13. Laughing Gull

  14. Belted Kingfisher

  15. Red-Bellied Woodpecker

  16. Downy Woodpecker

  17. Tree Swallow

  18. American Crow

  19. Fish Crow

  20. Carolina Chickadee

  21. Carolina Wren

  22. Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

  23. American Robin

  24. HERMIT THRUSH

  25. Northern Mockingbird

  26. Loggerhead Shrike

  27. YellowRumped Warbler

  28. Pine Warbler

  29. Northern Cardinal

  30. Eastern Meadowlark

  31. House Sparrow --roadside

  32. European Starling --roadside

Note: Birds marked "roadside" were seen driving to or from the park, not in the park itself.

*Note added Jan. 14, 2003: The ID on the Neotropic Cormorant still seems very plausible to me. This wasn't just a slightly smaller bird. It was a much smaller bird. Leaving gut feeling aside, however, I'm now ruling the bird as a "maybe" Neotropic instead of a "definite." See neotropic or not entry for my reasons why.

Note added February 17, 2003: I had the Hermit Thrush misidentified as the Wood Thrush in the original entry, so I'm making the correction now.

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