There were a lot of non-breeding male indigo buntings at Felts Preserve the morning I was there in late December. It was cold that morning as I sat in the bushes waiting for them to come to the feeders (just under 40 degrees is cold for us central Florida folks). They were all fighting over the best feeding spots. Occasionally a painting bunting would pop out of the bushes but most of the birds there that morning were indigo buntings.
Either a very young bunting or a female.
There were a few other birds as well including doves and a cardinal.
Splattered blue on the leaves. This guy had a little more blue on his head.
A non-breeding male goldfinch also made an appearance. I never see goldfinches in the parks near my house. The only time I’ve seen bright yellow breeding ones are during my visits to Atlanta in the spring.
A blurry shot of a dark eyed junco. I saw a lot of these while we were in Flagstaff.
My 2nd sighting that week of a mountain chickadee.
Some type of yellow warblers or finches. After pouring over my Stokes Birding Guide, all of the little yellow colored warblers look the same. Any ID’s on these would be great appreciated
My first plumbeous vireo. Looked a little like a cerulean warbler but that white circle around his eye made it easier to identify.
I thought this was another white breasted nuthatch but the all white head is throwing me off. Maybe a juvenile?
This looks like a female goldfinch but it could be anything.
So many little birds. And I was snapping as fast as they were zipping around. At first I thought I was getting all the same bird but I realize now there were several different ones out there. So many of these little birds look different in the fall than during breeding season. Or they could be females or juveniles. Anyway, I was having too much fun running around the woods at the Flagstaff Arboretum taking pictures to stop and look them up while I was there. I’m more of a “shoot now and look it up later” kind of person. That doesn’t always work out when you are looking pages of birds and all you have is a small blurry shot.
It’s always fun seeing a cormorant trying to gulp down a big fish.
Wood duck reflection.
I think this is a male american goldfinch in his winter feathers. He was high up in the trees and didn’t sit still for a minute. I rarely see these here.
Great blue heron hopping around in the trees.
There were a lot of great blue heron nests high up in the trees. It was hard to see up there but this nest had two babies that were almost grown.
Green heron hanging around.
Most of these birds were not tagged. They might just be hanging out with the permanently injured birds for the winter.
This is a white morph great blue heron. I’ve never seen one here before and this is 2nd time I’ve ever seen one. He wasn’t tagged so I’m not sure if he is just stopping by for a quick visit.
A great egret trying to catch some minnows and coming up with a beak full of leaves.
I made my annual trip to Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park in early March. It’s a safe haven for permanently injured birds and other Florida animals. A lot of wild birds and ducks hang out there to get free food. Some come in to nest in the trees over the water. There’s always a lot to take pictures of at the park. Sometimes in nice not to have to run around in the woods looking for tiny birds high up in the trees. Sometimes it’s nice to just stand in one place and take lots of pictures.