Tuesday, October 17, 2006

More Fall Visitors

The waves of advancing Palm Warblers continues and just behind them are more birds that hang around Central Florida during the milder Winters.

Every now and then, the banding site manages to capture an Eastern Phoebe or two. I had just seen my first of the season Phoebe on the Friday before at Mead Garden but was still surprised when I took another bird out of the bag on Sunday at Wekiva.

Eastern Phoebe

Heard often giving there "Phoebe!" calls while perched in more open spaces, these little flycatchers are a joy to watch as they glean and dive along the grasses or around the branches of the oak trees.

Just the week before we had another surprise when we captured a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. We couldn't remember exactly when we had caught one last but we did remember an earlier bird. Turns out that it was almost a year before. Could we have an annual event beginning? Next year will tell.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Most of the Veery have moved through and a few Swainson's Thrushes can still be seen around the state. Gray-cheeked Thrushes are now replacing those other birds at Wekiva. This was our second in a week.

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Gearing up for the Yellow-rumps. Perhaps tomorrow.

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