Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Corkscrew Swamp 2

A few more birds (and one raccoon) from our 20 January 2018 visit to Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The first is of Cattle Egrets. These birds are natives of Africa and may have crossed the South Atlantic on their own. Cattle egrets began expanding their range in the late 1800s. They were first seeen in North America in the 1950s. Their range is still growing and they can be found in almost every US state.

The second image is an odd one of a Blue-headed Vireo. I can not explain the brown body. I think it should be greenish. I suspect the red crown patch may be a pine needle adhered to the bird’s head.

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are common year-round visitors to Florida. Northern birds join them in the winter. This species is monogamous, with males contributing to nest construction, incubation, and feeding the young. This female had just launched itself into the air.

A baby only a mother Anhinga could love. In southern Florida, Anhingas may nest at any time of the year. And, finally, a Raccoon in the bushes under the Corkscrew Sanctuary boardwalk. Raccoons seen out in the daylight should always be avoided due to the possibility of rabies.

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