Sunday, December 4, 2011

American Goldfinch at Six-mile Cyress Preserve

Sunday, December 4th
A Well Fed Yellow Rat Snake

Sunday morning I went over to Six-mile Cypress Preserve in search of anything interesting. Starting from the parking lot and onto the boardwalk I encountered a several mixed flocks of feeding songbirds. Most commonly found were Yellow-rumped Warblers. Other warblers found included Palm, Pine, Black-and-White, Common Yellow-throat and Yellow-throated. These are all expected winter warblers in south Florida. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were also very common today. Had my first-of-season American Goldfinch, plus Tufted Titmice, Blueheaded Vireo, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Downy Woodpecker, soaring Wood Storks, Tree swallows, Anhingas, Cormorants, Carolina Wren, a House Wren was heard in the parking lot, White Ibis and a well fed Yellow Rat Snake.

On the way home found the drainage ditch along Six-mile Cypress parkway, near Hammond Stadium (were the Minnesota Twins hold spring trading) loaded with feeding waders. Dozens of Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Glossy & White Ibis and Wood Storks. Also had Roseate Spoonbills, Mottled Ducks, Tricolored and Little Blue Herons.

American Goldfinch

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Feeding Frenzy

Great Egret

Roseate Spoonbill

Wood Storks

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