Spotted this Hawk (likely a Red-shouldered Hawk) at Brian Piccolo Park in Pembroke Pines FL.
I bought a birdbath back in December 2015, filled it with water and waited anxiously to see what birds would visit it. Over the last 3 months Blue Jays have used it the most. I have also seen Northern Cardinals, Palm Wablers and a few blackbirds at the birdbath.
I have seen a Common Yellowthroat a few times but they are so alert that the slightest sound would chase them away. However today I was fortunate to grab a few shots of this male Yellowthroat while hiding behind my Recycle Bin. Here are three of the better shots.
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.
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)
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.