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A couple of “what bird is this” photos

Since all of my birding is here on the Suncoast, Central West Coast of Florida, that is where I took these photos in September, 2014.  The first two, of the same bird, were taken at Fort De Soto County Park.  You will probably want to magnify the photos to see them in more detail.  The hint is that you should see enough characteristics for an identification, but don’t expect to see all the common field marks.  The last photo was taken at Gulfport Beach.

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What bird is this? Shot 1

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What bird is this? Shot 2

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What kind bird?




I have been so lax in sharing on this blog .  How is the bird population in your area?  Most of the birds here in Central West Coast Florida (they refer to this area as the Suncoast) are smart enough to escape the oppressive heat and humidity and fly elsewhere.  Many of the “Seabirds” like the Brown Pelicans, Egrets, N. Mockingbirds are here year round.  There are some Terns, and many migrating shorebirds, like Red Knots are returning.  “What Bird is This?” is now “The Birders Blog.”  Tell us what birds are in your area now or year round.  

I just haven’t been birding as often.  I used to cover a few miles around here on foot, walking with the dog, mostly.  Now he is fifteen, diagnosed with a serious heart murmur, and we don’t walk as far.  Birding involves day long trips, and is logistically difficult nowadays.  I am depending on some input here from some followers

I did find a Snowy Egret, Great Egret, and Roseate Spoonbill in a small pond created by the May rains.  I was surprised to discover the Roseate Spoonbill was banded, and disappointed to discover I could not read the band.  Nevertheless, I hope to find out where to send the pics and see what info can be found from them.

Banded Roseate Spoonbill May, 2014 Quarter mile from Boca Ciega Bay in Florida

Banded Roseate Spoonbill
May, 2014
Quarter mile from Boca Ciega Bay in Florida


What are these young birds?


It’s been a while since I’ve posted something here, so I thought I would give you a 2 for 1!

The photo featured above was taken almost two weeks ago (in late May) at Pacific Spirit Regional Park, next to Vancouver’s University of British Columbia. Although a Pacific slope Flycatcher was signing nearby, my guess is that this might be a fresh out of the nest Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Do you agree?

I took the photo below yesterday (June 11) in North Vancouver, BC. I am fairly confident that this is a juvenile White-crowned Sparrow, but I still wanted to check with others to see if they agreed:


Spring Migration

Spring Migration seems to be on the way out here in central west Florida on the Gulf of Mexico unless we get a cold front and the right winds.  I will see if I can find some other photos to post soon.  In the interim, please feel free to join if you have not and those of you who are members, please post, also.  In different areas of the country, birds of all kinds remain active.  Here, too, but not the migrants. -SLB


Can You Identify This Bird?

What is the species of this bird?

What is the species of this bird?

Hi, my post is once again about a bird seen at Fort De Soto Park in west central Florida.  An expert who saw it said he was not sure whether it was a year round genus or a genus rare in this area, so I am only asking if you know the genus and possible species.  For many birders, there is no love lost for this bird. -SLB 


Can you ID this bird despite poor photo quality

Hi, I am hoping someone can ID this bird based on its shape, possible color and the fact that it was seen April 17, 2014 at Fort De Soto on the west central coast of Florida during spring migration. -SLB  

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What is this bird?

April Bird of the Month

Hi, it is still spring migration in Florida.   This photo was taken at Fort De Soto Park, central west coast of Florida April 17, 2014.  This bird is the quiz of the month species.  What is it?  -SLB  

Bird of the Month Quiz April, 2014

Bird of the Month Quiz
April, 2014