Hitting a Slow Spot …

Wow … after the nice push of Migrants a couple of days ago things have really quieted down.  I had to work really hard to find six Warblers this morning, not six species, six birds!

Summer Tanager

I spent a couple of hours at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton.  This park can be a real migrant trap but there are times like today that it’s fairly empty.  I didn’t come up completely empty as I did find this nice Summer Tanager.  When I saw this gal I was sure it was a Scarlet Tanager but it just goes to show that a picture is worth a thousand ID’s!  I saw this gal for only 30-45 seconds and it was gone.  If I hadn’t been able to capture her image I would have reported it as the wrong species. 

Fish Crow

Speaking of difficult species to ID.  The above picture is of a Fish Crow.  There is no real practical way of differentiating between an American Crow and Fish Crows other than their voice.  Fish crows have a very limited range and typically they have been restricted to the coastline from southern New England to Texas, but in the last few decades have been expanding their range, especially inland up large rivers.  Where I live in Palm Beach County we have 99% Fish Crows so it has been easy to learn their voices.  The American Crow pretty much just Caw-Caw’s while the Fish Crow has a decent repertoire of sounds that they use.  One way of knowing which it is, is to ask the Crow if he is an American and if he says Ungh-Ungh (one of the Fish Crows regular calls) then he’s a Fish Crow.

Thank you so much for your visit and God Bless


About sheriffsmith

I have worked for the Broward County Sheriff's Office the last 13 years and spend most of my free time birdwatching / naturewatching and photographing the birds and nature that I encounter. I believe God has blessed us with a world that is so absolutely fascinating and wonderful and I'm doing my best to discover and show others all that he has provided us with in nature.
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4 Responses to Hitting a Slow Spot …

  1. jmgoyder says:

    I LOVE these close-ups – fantastic!!!

  2. Deb Platt says:

    Nice photos! I didn’t even know there was a Fish Crow that went “Ungh-ungh”. Nice to learn another new thing today. 🙂

  3. Julie Gomez says:

    Not easy birds to get close-ups. Nice job!

  4. Marcello says:

    Love the close ups! I have yet to get beautiful shots on these 2 birds like you did.

    I really need to speak to you about the most exciting bird you’ll ever see in PBC. Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration but i think you’ll love it!
    I can be reached at 646-256-1031

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