Painted Bunting At My Birdbath

Today my birdbath attracted a bird I have never seen before. I had to ask the “experts” at a bird forum to help me identify this bird. My new visitor is a Painted Bunting or to be exact a female or juvenile Painted Bunting. This distinction is important because the male Painted Bunting is an extremely colorful creature with bright blue head, red throat, yellow shoulders and areas of green, brown and orange all over its body. Hopefully the female wii bring her male partner to the birdbath soon.


Birds Spotted in Southwest Ranches & Davie

On my way to Southwest Regional Library I decided to drive along SW 172 Ave in Southwest Ranches rather than Highway I-75. I was on the lookout for medium-sized and large birds perched on branches or power lines. Fortunately I spotted what appeared to be a medium-sized bird, I made a U-Turn and parked to the side of the road. I focused my lens on what turned out to be an American Kestrel. After several “shots” I left for the library and then headed for Vista View Park.

Here are the better photographs from today’s shoot. (Monday Mar 14th)

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Birds Spotted at Central Broward Regional Park

I was at a local park on Sunday when someone asked about Burrowing Owl sightings. Brian Piccolo Park, Vista View Park and Tree Tops Parks were mentioned. I stated that I had seen owls on only two occasions at Central Broward Regional Park but someone said he saw many owls there recently. So I was in the area today, decided to take my lunch break at the park and look out for Burrowing Owls.

I immediately saw owls just after entering the admission booth. I drove around the park and saw more Burrowing Owls at two other locations. I was also fortunate to see a Belted Kingfisher and a Loggerhead Shrike. Here are some of the better photos from the many I took today.

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Warblers Spotted at Fern Nature Center

Fern Nature Center is a heavily wooded area covering close to 250 acres in the Coconut Creek/Pompano Beach area of Broward County. The name is derived from the abundance of ferns found in the area. Over 30 species have been identified there. In the 1970s scientists from Florida Atlantic University and Broward Community College (now Broward College) claimed to have discovered “over 200 species of plants” in this forested area.

The number of trees at Fern Nature Center attracts a lot of birds but I often see fewer birds than expected. Over the past 3 years I have been fortunate to spot a Cooper’s Hawk, a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers, Cardinals and Blue Jays.

Today (Mon March 7th) I spotted two Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Palm Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers. The warblers seem to have taken over the park today.

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Limpkin at Tree Tops Park

I stopped by Tree Tops Park for about 30 minutes this afternoon. It was relatively quiet and after 15 minutes I had only a Red-bellied Woodpecker to thank for posing for the camera. However on my way out of the park close to the entrance I spotted a Limpkin and got some close shots from by car. Here are images of the Woodpecker and Limpkin.

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