Feb 282015
 
Chipping Sparrow at Central Winds Park

When I moved to Florida I was very new to birding, and I knew next to nothing about sparrows. I remember going to take our dog Ella to a dog park. I didn’t know at the time that right next to this dog park was the best place to find warblers in Seminole County, Central […]

Sep 292014
 
Central Winds Park, 9/15/2014

This morning I visited Central Winds Park. I’d seen some pretty nice eBird reports over the weekend, I was not disappointed. Central Winds has been pretty slow so far this Fall, but this morning I found 11 species of warbler, including my top goal for the morning, a Blackburnian Warbler. I’m still waiting for thrushes […]

Mar 272014
 
Eastern Phoebe at Central Winds Park

I saw my first Great Crested Flycatcher of the year this year; that’s usually a good sign that Eastern Phoebes are going to start packing up to leave. I suspect by the end of March, they’ll all be gone. So a few days ago I photographed an Eastern Phoebe at Central Winds Park. I’m going […]

Oct 252013
 
Bald Eagle Attacking an Osprey

It was perhaps the most thrilling second of birding of my life. Several times over the last couple years I’ve seen Bald Eagles harass Ospreys when they have a fish. The Osprey is just minding it’s own business eating its fish when an eagle attacks in an attempt to bully the fish away from the […]

Oct 102013
 
American Kestrel Flight under Morning Light

This morning I arrived at Central Winds to find an American Kestrel on one of the goal posts of the football field. I saw the Kestrel fly off to terrorize some Killdeer, so I took that opportunity to position myself in between the sun and the goal post, hopefully get shots of it returning with […]

Oct 032013
 
Worm-eating Warbler at Central Winds Park

I had a great morning at Central Winds; I saw 15 warblers, my highest total of the Fall so far. The biggest highlight for me was my first Magnolia Warbler of the year. Here’s my list: Ovenbird, Worm-eating Warbler, Northern, Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, […]

Sep 142013
 
Central Winds Park, 9/4/2013

I had a pretty good time at Central Winds this morning. I’d seen an Acadian Flycatcher there yesterday, though there was enough yellow on it that I thought it might have been an early Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. My recording of its calls was pretty terrible, but I still think it’s an Acadian. I returned to where […]

Sep 112013
 
Central Winds Park, 9/2/2013

A friend of mine found a Hooded Warbler and a Cerulean Warbler at Central Winds yesterday. Of course, I wasn’t there. I think that all the Hooded Warblers got together and decided to stay away from me whenever I’m in Seminole County–I can’t seem to get that one on my Seminole County list. So of […]

Jul 062013
 
Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawks

Over the last few months, I’ve been watching a Red-shouldered Hawks’ nest at Central Winds Park. It all started with their courtship along rte 434 just south of the park. Then I found their nest inside the park. I’ve seen the fledgings hanging out on branches by the nest, and now they’re flying around the […]

Jun 132013
 
June Challenge Begins

So June Challenge has begun. If you’re not a Florida birder, June Challenge is a friendly competition among birders. You choose a county and find as many birds as you can in the county during the month of June. June is hot, and migration is pretty much over. I had some time go out yesterday, […]