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a very birdy morning
2003-04-09 - 11:35 a.m.
An early morning visit from 7-9 P.M. at Fontainebleau State Park. The weather
was unusually cold for this time of year and rather breezy. There were lots of
somehow hidden birds loudly singing and lots of "unidentifieds," including
a small flock of ducks, several warblers (one of which may have had yellow
on its head), and a completely unidentified LBJ* that didn't seem
to be a warbler but didn't seem to be anything else I could think of at
Notables: The surprisingly noisy copulation of the Boat-Tailed
Grackle. Fortunately, the female was already crouched and ready, with
lifted tail, when he stopped talking and started doing, because he managed
to stay aboard an astoundingly brief period of time. I checked the
Loggerhead Shrike nest, which at first I thought was empty. However,
when I walked away, a parent bird suddenly emerged, perhaps no longer feeling the need
to stay hunkered down, and the babies made their presence
known with outraged complaints. A flock of
White Pelicans (migrants?), a Northern Harrier being harrassed by
a Grackle, a fully adult Bald Eagle soaring lazily in all its splendor.
There were mixed species clouds of Swallows, mostly Barn Swallows but
including Tree Swallows, that surrounded me at times -- not quite enough
to be a true tornado but impressive nonetheless when birds swooped
and dived almost close enough to touch.
Note: All birds were seen in Fontainebleau, except the
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, which was seen near the entrance to the Nature
Center boardwalk. Unfortunately, I couldn't progress very far on this
trail, because the storm had brought down a great many trees, including
at least one large oak. This is bad news for the Bird Fest, which
starts tomorrow, because it won't be humanly possible to get those
trees moved and the path open again before the Fest.
Hummingbird Report: Not sure if I have more male Ruby-Throats passing through or the same male returning to the feeder at intervals.
- Common Loon -- it seemed to be in the process of molting into
its breeding plumage
- Brown Pelican
- Double-Crested Cormorant
- Little Blue Heron -- blue phase
- Great Blue Heron
- Snowy Egret
- Great Egret
- Blue-Winged Teal
- Northern Harrier - brown immature/female
- Bald Eagle
- American Coot
- Common Moorhen
- Killdeer, heard
- Solitary Sandpiper -- not on the official Fontainebleau bird list, but
neither is Brown Pelican!
- Laughing Gull
- Forster's Tern
- Eastern Kingbird
- Barn Swallow
- Tree Swallow
- American Crow
- Fish Crow -- both crow species "spoke," making ID easy
- Blue Jay
- Carolina Chickadee, heard
- Tufted Titmouse
- Sedge Wren -- sheesh, this bird is fast, but there were a lot of them to
check for the absence of "eyebrows," may have seen a Marsh Wren as well but I'm not sure
enough to feel comfortable counting it
- Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
- Northern Mockingbird
- Loggerhead Shrike -- with active nest
- Yellow-Rumped Warbler -- "myrtle"
- Northern Cardinal
- Red-Winged Blackbird
- Common Grackle
- Boat-Tailed Grackle -- brown eyed "Gulf Coast" type, male "singing" and
then copulating with willing female
A broccoli and cheese baked potato and mug of hot chocolate later
This is funny. The female Northern Cardinal perched on top of the Carolina Chickadee house, and an adult Chickadee pecked her on the back and chased her off post-haste.
*Little Brown Job.
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