A Red-tailed Hawk was perched atop our Norfolk Island pine a couple of days ago.
It was being harried by the neighborhood Fish Crows and finally lifted off.
Crows seem pretty territorial at this time of year.
I was out in the driveway with my camera, watching.
I walked from Santa Lucea Beach almost to the House of Refuge.
Busy beach Saturday, not a lot of parking left along the southern end of Hutchinson Island. Lots of people.
I focused on the peeps.
Sanderling at rest.
Ring-billed Gull (second winter?)
Brown Pelicans were fishing.
A little bird and shelly grains of sand.
Ruddy Turnstone bathing in a tide pool.
Ruddy Turnstone rocks.
Heading south towards House of Refuge.
Here is the Blue-headed Vireo I watched for a few minutes this morning in an old live oak tree near the Henry Sewall House in Indian RiverSide Park.
Have I ever mentioned how much I love the writing at Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds? …
The Blue-headed Vireo offers a pleasing palette of moss green, bluish gray, and greenish yellow, set off by bold white “spectacles” (the eyering plus a “loral” spot next to the bill), throat, and belly. The wings and tail are a sharp black and white. Like most larger vireos, Blue-headed forages for insects and their larvae in trees, moving deliberately along branches, where it can be challenging to spot. Males sing a slow, cheerful carol, often the first indication of the species’ presence in a forest.
That “slow cheerful carol” was what got me to look up into the tree I was passing under.
Nearby, a gray squirrel.
It’s spring in Florida.