In the second late-November post from Corkscrew, a different mix of species will be profiled:
- Brown-headed Nuthatch
- Black-throated Green Warbler
- Blue-headed Vireo
- Eastern Phoebe
- Great Crested Flycatcher
- Yellow-crowned Night Heron
- Black-crowned Night Heron
- White Ibis
Sharing the honors of the world's smallest nuthatch with the Pygmy Nuthatch, the Brown-headed is restricted to the Southeast US.
Although a small number of Brown-headed nuthatches are also found on the Bahamas, this subspecies is a candidate for a future split in which case the US population will get elevated to endemic status.
In addition to the irresistible nuthatch, a late migrant -- the Black-throated Green Warbler -- was also spotted in a mixed feeding flock :
Moving from warblers to vireos, a small yellowish bird is seen perched up in a tree, going about its feeding routine in a calm and collected fashion. The grey head and white spectacles both point to its identification as the Blue-headed Vireo.
This vireo ranges in the Eastern US; breeding in the North and overwintering in Florida as well as Central America.
On the flycatcher front, we have Eastern Phoebe and Great-crested Flycatcher:
Fairly common at Corkscrew, Great Crested Flycatchers can be heard calling in the mornings as they hunt for insects in dramatic swoops; the result of which, in the case depicted below, is a large dragonfly for breakfast.
A Yellow-crowned grooming itself, and ...
...a Black-crowned Night Heron perches in a statuesque pose; much like a nearby White Ibis which is taking a rest from feeding energetically on the damp floor earlier.
But birds alone do not enthrall at the Swamp -- other denizens -- representatives of the amphibian, insect and mammalian persuasion also abound: