Sunday, September 4, 2011

Blue-winged Warbler at Six-Mile Cypress Preserve

Sunday, September 4th,

While taking a break from mowing the lawn, to cool off, I checked on some birding sights on the Internet. Well I found a report that Walt Winton had  hits on twelve different warblers, including blackburian yesterday at nearby Six-Mile Cypress Preserve. So off I headed to Six-mile Cypress and the rest of the yard will have to wait till later.

Got there about noon and had a Blue-winged Warbler almost immediately. It was part of a mixed flocked that included Red-eyed Vireo, Great Crested flycatchers, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied woodpecker, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-and White Warbler, Pine Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Wren, Blue Jays and a Northern Parula. The rest of the visit was fairly quite after this flock moved on. Was able to later add a couple of Yellow-throated Warblers and Red-shouldered Hawks. Certainly not as good as Walt's visit yesterday, but  for me the blue-winged warbler was a first sighting in Florida.  Had only see it once before, a couple of years ago in Illinois.

Gray Kingbird

While grabbing lunch at a drive-through restaurant in Ft Myers, I noticed a bird acting very flycatcher like on the telephone lines. Turned out to be a pair of Gray Kingbirds.  Not bad. This species should be leaving the area soon to return to Caribbean. Swallow-tailed kites are already gone and common nighthawks will be gone very soon.

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