Saturday, June 2, 2012

Wekiwa Springs State Park, 6/2/2012

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Bachman's Sparrow
 This morning I spent a couple hours at Wekiwa State Park.  I went there a couple weeks ago in search of a Bachman's Sparrow, and while I found them there, I wasn't able to photograph them.  I was hoping to find them again, and I was not disappointed.  I found three Bachman's Sparrows and several Eastern Towhees.

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Bachman's Sparrow
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Eastern Towhee
Summer Tanagers are one of my all-time favorite birds.  Last time I was here, the one I found was too far away for photographs.  But this morning I found a wonderful male that didn't seem to mind my presence one bit.

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Summer Tanager
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Summer Tanager
I saw or heard five woodpecker species: Red-headed, Red-bellied, Downy, Piliated and a Northern Flicker.  I was most interested in the Red-headed Woodpeckers.

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Red-headed Woodpecker
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Red-headed Woodpecker
Carolina Chickadees were also there--I love the challenge of trying to get a presentable photo of these birds.
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Carolina Chickadee
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Carolina Chickadee
I also saw one Gopher Tortoise walking into the scrub habitat.

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Gopher Tortoise
Here's a list of species I saw this morning:

Wood Stork 1
Great Egret 1
Black Vulture X
Turkey Vulture X
Osprey 1
Swallow-tailed Kite 3
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 3
Chimney Swift 5
Red-headed Woodpecker 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Fish Crow X
Carolina Chickadee 3
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Northern Mockingbird 1
Northern Parula 2
Pine Warbler 6
Eastern Towhee 4
Bachman's Sparrow 3
Summer Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 2

2 comments:

  1. Wooo you had a golden morning Scott! Great shots of those red birds!

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  2. Looks like you had a wonderful birding day at the state park Scott.  Most of these birds almost look exotic to me as the only one in your photos that can be found here in Utah is the Summer Tanager and even that one is "rare".  I especiallly like your second Red-headed Woodpecker image. 

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