|You can see the red beginning to develop on this juvenile|
While snapping pictures of the Red-headed, Larry's son Philip pointed out a Pileated Woodpecker preening on a telephone post. Three woodpecker species in 2 minutes! I tried looking for a Downy Woodpecker or Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and making it a big woodpecker morning but it was not happening today. I guess the way things were going I could not be too upset... at least I got some new birds for the year!
|Early morning preening|
Unfortunately working in a park does not mean I get to bird watch all day. HAHA YEAH IT DOES! Just walking from the parking lot to the nature center in Bill Sadowski park I saw Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Palm Warbler and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. As I was sitting handling paperwork I received a phone call from Robin Diaz about a La Sagra's Flycatcher on Virginia Key. I immediately packed up and ran out of the office. On the way I stopped in at Merrie Christmas Park hoping to snatch up the Wilson's but once again I missed out on it. I finally made it to Virginia Key and as soon as I got to the fork where the bird was located I saw a dark silhouette perched in a dead Australian Pine. At first I thought it was an Osprey but when I looked closer I had finally found the illusive Great Black Hawk! I have tried for years to see this bird and even though it is not an American Birding Association (ABA) countable bird it is still really neat to see. Robin Diaz wrote a great piece on the bird, you can read about it here. Unfortunately I got one shot of the bird before my camera died. I guess everything happens for a reason because I was never able to relocate the flycatcher anyway. As of day two my total is 55 native species not counting the 3 ABA countable exotics (Rock Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove and European Starling).
|Great way to end the day!|