Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Northern Parula, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, and a White-Winged Dove

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Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
This morning I went early to my office area and had a pretty wonderful time birding.  I found two species that I had not seen at my office before today: a Northern Flicker and a White-winged Dove.  The latter was quite surprising for me. A Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher came out to see me and so did a Northern Parula.  These guys are hard to photograph, but a couple I took today came out.

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Common Grackle
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Northern Parula
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Northern Parula
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White-winged Dove
Below is a complete list of the 24 species I found today; my total number of species seen in my office area rose to 61.

Wood Duck 4
Anhinga 1
Great Egret 1
White Ibis 1
Osprey 1
Common Gallinule 3
Rock Pigeon 2
White-winged Dove 1
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 3
Fish Crow 5
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
Brown Thrasher 3
Cedar Waxwing 10
Northern Parula 2
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Common Grackle 5

4 comments:

  1. Indeed the Northern Parula and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher are very difficult to photograph because they are constantly on the move. Your images are fantastic! Awesome Common Grackle and reflection shot and the White-winged Dove is especially beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Julie. I wish that dove would have flown to a prettier perch, but I'll take it.

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  2. Your Northern Parula shots are wonderful Scott, they have such lovely colors. I always had a hard time photographing them because they stayed in the shade of the understory so often. Well done!

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    1. Thanks, Mia! One of these days I'll get one with a nice, smooth background, but this will do for now :-)

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