Sunday 2 December 2012


In Florida for Wader Quest, but of course we are not blind to non-waders, especially if they are a local rarity as was the case of the Western Spindalis. A western what? I hear you say, well to you or me this used to be called a Stripe-headed Tanager.

We had been birding at Cranford Park for waders and the people we were with said they were going to look for this bird, usually a denizen of Bermuda and the Caribbean islands, and asked us if we'd like to go. Well of course we felt guilty, but we went anyway.

The bird was a female, I'm tempted to say unfortunately, but around here that gets you a one dollar fine according to Robin the lady we were with, so I won't, but it was.
Western Spindalis

Needles to say there were many other interesting birds to keep us occupied between waders...
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Boat-tailed Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle, male consuming a lizard he just caught.
Boat-tailed Grackle female
Common Grackle
Loggerhead Shrike
Turkey Vulture
Osprey with a fish
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Blue-winged Teal with American Coots
Mottled Duck

Ring-billed Gull

Laughing Gull
Royal Tern

Sandhill Crane

White Ibis

American White Pelicans

American Wood Storks
Roseate Spoonbill
Reddish Egret

and one or two things that weren't birds...
Faded Pennant Celithemis ornata.
Thanks to Mick Watts for the identification of this unusual dragonfly.


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