Northern Mockingbird on Canal Street



My search for Henslow’s, Le Conte’s and White-crowned Sparrows have so far come up empty. I’m still hopeful, though. This morning I returned to Canal St., where I’d found Savannah, Vesper, and earlier this month.

The morning started out very cloudy, and the birds seemed content to stay hidden and quiet, but the sun peaked out from behind the clouds just after 8 am, and then things began to pick up a little. I found several Savannah and one Grasshopper Sparrow, but no sparrows more interesting than that.

But all is not a loss–while the lighting was good I was able to photograph some more common birds perched on the barbed wire and fence posts. I can’t resist photographing even very common birds when they present me with such a clean background behind them.

Grasshopper Sparrow

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

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Charles Fleming

Hello Scott, enjoying your “so called” common birds. Although I am an Englishman I visit Florida annually and it’s great to keep in touch with the birds from your area that I am so familiar with, please keep posting them because they may be common to you but to us in Europe, of course they are more than interesting. I have a vague recollection that we met and spoke on the beach at Pompano when photographing Black Skimmers a couple of years ago, is that possible?