Central Winds Park, 9/4/2013

Central Winds Park
Northern Waterthrush
I had a pretty good time at Central Winds this morning. I'd seen an Acadian Flycatcher there yesterday, though there was enough yellow on it that I thought it might have been an early Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. My recording of its calls was pretty terrible, but I still think it's an Acadian.  I returned to where I'd seen it yesterday in the hopes of getting a better recording, but I did not see or hear it. So I turned my attention to warblers.  There were at least 9 species in the park: Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush,  Worm-Eating, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Black and White, Yellow, Yellow-throated, and Prairie.  I also thought I heard a Prothonotary Warbler, but I never saw it.  I also found an Eastern Kingbird--my first in Seminole County for the year, and the first I've ever found at Central Winds Park. Here's a picture of the Acadian Flycatcher I found yesterday.

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Acadian Flycatcher
Also last week (August 29th) I found this strange-looking Red-eyed Vireo. It has a thick, dark, smudgy malar stripe right where you'd look for the "whisker" on a Black-whiskered Vireo. Black-whiskered Vireos are not generally found inland; they are restricted to mangroves, which we don't have in the park. So I studied this bird for hours, and then sent it to some friends with more experience than I. Most think is a Red-eyed Vireo with an aberrant mark, though one birder who's seen Black-whiskered Vireos many times think's it's an immature Black-whiskered Vireo. I thought I'd share it with you all; I'm still siding with it being a Red-eyed Vireo.  The bird was backlit, and I had to raise my ISO pretty high to get the photo, so it's pretty grainy.

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Red-eyed Vireo


  1. That's a pretty nice ACFL photo...not a bird I see many pictures of. I don't have the credentials to weigh in on the vireo, although I would go with REVI if I had to.

  2. Thanks! I'm not sure I've taken a better photo of an ACFL, not that I haven't tried.

  3. Hi Scott,

    I studied your pic of the vireo. The first thing I noticed when looking in my Sibley was that the B-W has a slight curve over on the bill, while the R-E does have a small curve, but is less significant than the B-W. Also in your pic, I see that there are two black lines on the throat and through the eye. The Red eyed does have black streak through the eye, but not on the throat, according to Sibley. Also in your picture, I notice that the supercilium is more yellowish gray than white, and the red-eyed has a white supercilium. I hope this helps with your ID and I personally think it is a Black-whiskered. Keep up the good posts and pics.


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