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Florida’s Specialties

March 18, 2011
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I’m still coming to grips with the fact that in three days in Florida I’ve managed to see 96 species of birds, yet in the first 10 weeks of 2011, I’ve only seen 103 in North Carolina.  I don’t know whether that means I’ve been lazy in NC or that it’s just so good here in Florida.

In any case, there’s definitely going to be more next week, but I just wanted to throw up some photos of two of Florida’s specialty birds, both of which I managed to have pretty great luck with.  First, a juvi Snail Kite I found at Kaliga Park in St. Cloud.

Next, a solitary Florida Scrub-Jay (and unbanded too) on the Scrub Trail at Merritt Island NWR.  I was particularly happy to get such a nice look as my lifer Scrub Jay, at this very site on Christmas Day 2006, was distant and brief.  As you can see, that wasn’t a problem this time.

More soon, but I hope this whets your appetite sufficiently.

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4 Comments
  1. March 18, 2011 4:46 pm

    Awesome Nate, glad you got the scrub jay!

  2. Nate permalink*
    March 20, 2011 11:23 am

    @Angel- Me too! It was at the end of the trail, about when I had given up hope of finding it actually.

  3. March 21, 2011 4:33 am

    Nice aberrant Red-tail there, Nate!

    Yes, that’s one way of overcoming envy. 🙂

    Congrats on two übercool birds. Can’t wait for more.

  4. Nate permalink*
    March 24, 2011 8:00 pm

    @Jochen- You know, they look remarkably like Harriers when you see them…

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