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I know I promised this last Sunday, but some extenuating circumstances in meatspace (car crash) got in the way. I know I'm not the most punctual or reliable diarist, but I had a good reason this time, dammit! ;-) No one was hurt in the accident, but it scared the shit out of me. I have to thank juliewolf, for posting one of her wonderful birding diaries to fill the gap. Now that everything is sorted out, back to the birds!

Last diary, I focused on wading birds, mainly herons. They were by far the majority of birds we saw. This time, I'd like to take a break from waders to look at some of the other birds.

These pics were taken by my father, at Loxahatchee NWR, and Merritt Island (I wasn't on the Merritt trip). Some were also taken on Grand Cayman, or Jamaica.

(For more info on each bird, roll your pointer over the images)

Black-Throated Blue Warbler (Dendroica caerulescens)

Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

Florida Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

             For more birding fix, look for Dawn Chorus on Saturday mornings, hosted by lineatus. Also look for "Photo Breaks" from juliewolf throughout the week.

            Also, plf515 has a meta series called Daily Kos University, where containing links to all the "teaching" diaries from the week. And Translator will be answering any and all questions (without reference!) at around 7:00 EST in "Tweak the Geek" (formerly "Outwit the Nitwit", formerly "Stump the Chump") Check it out!

        As usual, The Left Wing is sort of an avian open thread. Feel free to share any bird (or any critter) pictures/stories, whether they're from the other side of the world, or from your own backyard.

Originally posted to asdf on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 04:37 PM PST.

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