Hooded Mergansers, very colorful members of the duck family, have joined the flock of “snowbirds” coming back to Florida for the winter.
While out in the backyard deep-frying our Thanksgiving turkey (which was incredible, by the way), I looked up and saw a Black and White Warbler.
Robins are not normally found in Central Florida except in the winter, when they arrive here from their northern homes. While visiting the UCF Arboretum at sunset, a flock of several dozen Robins arrived.
Last weekend I had another opportunity to get pictures of an American Kestrel, which this time was a little closer to a trail at the Orlando Wetlands.
A recent trip to Orlando Wetlands showed the variety of birds who are back in the area for the winter.
Included in this group are Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks, Common Yellowthroats, House Wrens and Swamp Sparrows. Also, I came across another new-to-me bird, a Swamp Wren.
I took advantage of the time change to visit Orlando Wetlands before work on Monday, enjoying a spectacular cool morning and coming across two new-to-me birds there.
Since I started going to the Orlando Wetlands on Jan. 1, 2023, I’ve been trying – and ultimately failing – to get some decent pictures of the Bald Eagle couple who rule the roost at the park. Until now.
This is a Wilson’s Warbler, a colorful little bird that isn’t supposed to be in Florida. In fact, it regularly visits just about everywhere in the U.S., Canada and Central America but not Florida.
The new birds are a Harrier, Hermit Thrush, Crested Caracara, House Wren and Red-tailed Hawk.