Mead Gardens, 4/14/2012

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Black and White Warbler
This morning I went to Mead Gardens with the great people at the Orange Audubon Society.  It was a pretty good morning.  I went hoping to see warblers, and I was not disappointed.
1 Ovenbird, 1 Worm-eating Warbler, 3 Black-and-white Warblers, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 1 (maybe 2) Cape May Warbler, many Northern Parula (I think at least 7), 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler, 1 Palm Warbler, and 1 Prairie Warbler.  It was a dark, cloudy day this morning, and while I photographed every one of these species, the only presentable photograph I got was of a Black and White Warbler.  Other members of our group saw a Hooded Warbler, but it eluded me.

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Great Blue Heron

Other highlights of the morning were many Carolina Wrens and Northern Cardinals, though we found one female that had a broken bill.  We also saw A Barred Owl and a Cooper's Hawk.

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Northern Cardinal

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Female Northern Cardinal with Broken Bill
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Red-bellied Woodpecker
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Gray Squirrel

Here's a complete list of the 42 species I saw, not including the Hooded Warbler seen by others in our group:

Wood Duck 2
Wood Stork 2
Anhinga 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 4
Tricolored Heron 1
White Ibis 5
Black Vulture X
Turkey Vulture X
Osprey 2
Bald Eagle 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Laughing Gull 5
Mourning Dove 5
Barred Owl 1
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 8
Northern Flicker 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Fish Crow X
Tufted Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren 7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Gray Catbird 5
Northern Mockingbird 2
Cedar Waxwing X
Ovenbird 1
Worm-eating Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 1
Cape May Warbler 1
Northern Parula 7
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
House Finch 1


  1. Scott: Your photographs are phenomenal! I admire the tenacity it must take for you to achieve these results. With my limited equipment plus my love for birds, I get lens envy when I view your work... but I can't not look, again and again. I'm waiting for the Warblers to return here in SW Michigan. We see the Black & White every spring right in our east woods.

  2. Thanks so much, Richard!  It seems like FL is sitting pretty right now for warblers; in a little while, I'll be jealous of all you're seeing though.

  3. Great shots Scott, that's an enviable list of Warblers! That female with the broken bill is quite shocking...I've never seen anything like that on a living bird before. 


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