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 I’d seen it yesterday in the hopes of getting a better recording, but I did not see or hear it. So I turned my attention to warblers. There were at least 9 species in the park: Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Worm-Eating, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Black and White, Yellow, Yellow-throated, and Prairie.
I also thought I heard a Prothonotary Warbler, but I never saw it. I also found an Eastern Kingbird–my first in Seminole County for the year, and the first I’ve ever found at Central Winds Park. Here’s a picture of the Acadian Flycatcher I found yesterday.
Also last week (August 29th) I found this strange-looking Red-eyed Vireo. It has a thick, dark, smudgy malar stripe right where you’d look for the “whisker” on a Black-whiskered Vireo. Black-whiskered Vireos are not generally found inland; they are restricted to mangroves, which we don’t have in the park.
So I studied this bird for hours, and then sent it to some friends with more experience than I. Most think is a Red-eyed Vireo with an aberrant mark, though one birder who’s seen Black-whiskered Vireos many times think’s it’s an immature Black-whiskered Vireo. I thought I’d share it with you all; I’m still siding with it being a Red-eyed Vireo.
The bird was backlit, and I had to raise my ISO pretty high to get the photo, so it’s pretty grainy.