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Sunday, December 2, 2012

November Roundup: 4 Warblers and More ..

[Southwest Florida, November 2012]

A quick recap of some "yellow" warblers seen in November here in Southwest Florida: Palm, Yellow, Yellow-throated, and Common Yellowthroat. But first, 2 mimids a vireo and our largest woodepcker.

Let's start with the blue-headed vireo -- the first thing noticed by the observer are the white "spectacles" of this small bird. This and the grey head and 2 wing bars help identify this vireo as the blue-headed [seen here at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, busily foraging for insects].

Elsewhere in the Sanctuary, following the source of a loud knocking sound to the top of a tree resulted in the revealing of our largest woodpecker -- the Pileated. This is a female [no red mustache] and the shocking red tuft of red on its head is responsible for its name -- it looks like a red conical hat; similar to the ones worn by the ancient Romans -- known as the Pileus.

A lot less flamboyant is the grey catbird [also seen at Corkscrew] -- a plain looking bird, it is a Mimid and, like other members of its family, an excellent mimic. When spotted, as it was in this this instance, deep in the brush, however, it was merely making its signature repetitive, cat-like sounds.

Talking about mimids, here is the Northern Mockingbird -- the state bird of Florida, a very common bird that is also an indefatigable songster -- sometimes singing well into the night.

And, finally, the 4 warblers:

A very late Fall migrant -- a yellow warbler seen at Bunche Beach...

... a Pine Warbler quickly dispensing with an insect ... and ..

.. a yellow-throated warbler showing its brilliant throat and, talking about yellow throats, the oft heard but not oft seen, Common Yellowthroat:

.. seen at Harns Marsh. And, make no mistake, the word "common" doesn't necessarily imply that this warbler is commonly seen, especially in winter.

And finally, while this Palm Warbler does not have the word "yellow" in its name, it nonetheless shows a fair amount of yellow as it devours an insect at Little Estero Lagoon.

This concludes a great collection of birds that will surely help this month be a "November to Remember"!

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