Bird on a wire
With all the large, beautiful, and exotic birds around Florida, it’s a bit surprising that the state bird is the very common mockingbird. This one was trilling out a string of different calls, “Vireo, vireo. Teakettle, teakettle, teakettle. Cheater, cheater, cheater . . . ” one after the other as he watched me from his safe perch on the wire above. He certainly earned his name!
A few steps further and I came across this very small bird. She (I’m pretty sure it was a she because of her coloring) sat silent, and only fluttered up once as I was trying to capture her without too much backlighting. She seems to be a rufous hummingbird, although I would certainly not go writing any bird books based on my say-so. I had thought that hummingbirds were always moving, but apparently they do perch.
This little one seems to be a Northern Parula, according to Wikipedia’s Birds of Florida page, which is a type of warbler. It may not be on a wire, but it is in keeping with the bird theme, right? The coloring is beautiful, with blue wings and head and a yellow throat. While I wish I could claim I captured these birds today because I’ve gotten so much quicker on the draw, really, they just seem to have slowed down a lot.