Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Migration

Tuesday August 30th

Red-shouldered Hawk on the hunt

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

The past couple of days the migrant activity at Six-mile has really cooled off. For most of the past month the birding has been pretty good. Prothonotary were probably among the most commonly seen warblers along with Northern Parulas, Prairie Warblers, Yellow Warblers, Yellow-throated Warblers, American Redstarts, Black-and-White Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrushes, Ovenbirds, hooded Warblers and a few Common Yellowthroats. Yellow-billed Cuckoos have been seen daily as are Great Crested Flycatchers. A few Eastern Wood-pewees have around and an Acadian Flycatcher was present for a couple of days too. White-eyed Vireos are heard in the parking lot in the early mornings.  Red-eyed Vireos have been common, as have been Yellow-throated Vireos. Just yesterday at Black-whiskered Vireo was photographed here.

This Brown Cuban Anole is not bothered by the
 Prothonotary Warbler gleaning its cypress tree
The expected resident birds also continue to entertain including the Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Wrens, Red-tailed Hawks and Red-shouldered Hawks.

Prothonotary Warbler

Black-and White Warbler

White-eyed Vireo
Red-bellied Woodpecker sporting a bright red breeding plumage

Downy Woodpeckers are year-round residents to the slough

Eastern Swallowtail are commonly seen butterflies
 in the slough this time of year

As are Eastern Black Swallowtails

and Viceroy

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