Almost the end of spring migration – Skywatch Friday


A rose breasted grosbeak chowing on mulberries.


My first Tennessee warbler.


Bay breasted warbler. This one is fairly rare around here, even during migration.


I can’t remember what this is. Probably just a yellow rumped warbler.


American redstart.


I can’t remember what this is either. I think a red eyed vireo.


Black throated blue warbler.


Prothonotary warbler


Scarlet tanager with a snack in his beak.


I think this is a blue grosbeak. He had some brown on his feathers.


Cardinal with a half eaten grasshopper.


A nanday (black hooded) parakeet showed up in the middle of the little migrating birds. He was looking around like “What are all of these people doing in the woods?” He didn’t stay long.

It was early May and spring migration was still going on. The little birds were passing through on their way up north for the summer. Another Saturday morning with the trails packed with people. I saw my first Tennessee warbler this morning. I know I should have been more excited but really, they are all starting to look alike. Now that it’s June, not a soul is on the trails except mosquitos but the beaches are packed with tourists.

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Crazy birds at the water fountain

“Where’d the water go?”

“Hey lady, do you know how to turn this thing on?”

“Not enough room guys.”

“Lady, come back over here and turn this on again.”

“Let me in, let me in!”

“Dont’ be a water hog, bird.”

“This guy on the left is a showoff.”  “I want her to see my beautiful wings, dude.”

“I’m done. You guys wanna go find some nuts?”

These guys are loud! I was walking out of the woods toward the parking lot and heard them screaming. I saw a few of them on the utility wires on the other side of the parking lot and walked in that direction. I walked around a big bush and saw a few of them on the water fountain. After a few seconds they flew off. I walked up to the water fountain and turned it on for a minute while they all sat watching me on wire. Then I backed up and they all started flying down on the fountain again. After a couple of minutes they took off into the nearby palm trees.

These black hooded parakeets are not native to North American. They originated in South America and are thought to have been released here in Florida at some point. I see large flocks of them flying throughout the Pinellas county area. They are known to carry Newcastle disease which can affect other songbirds so they are considered feral birds here. They are pretty and funny to watch but they are so loud.