Saturday, March 12, 2011

Matheson Hammock and A.D. Barnes

This morning, we drove down to Miami to get a taste of spring migration, before everything passes right over us in Boca. We began at Matheson Hammock, where we found an early, beautiful, and cooperative male Cape May Warbler hanging about in a live oak.

We also had our second Northern Parula of the season, several Prairie, Yellow-throated, and Black-and-white Warblers, and the usual throngs of Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Next, we headed over to A.D. Barnes and picked up a whole mess of new warblers for the day. We added Pines, American Redstarts, Worm-eating, and Magnolia Warblers, giving us a grand total of 11 warbler species for the day.

The Magnolia Warbler was extremely scraggly-looking. As this was a lifer for us, we're not familiar with the variations in appearance that these can take on, particularly during molt. The obvious features were yellow underparts, streaked with black; a black mask, and a thick black stripe down either side of its breast. I also noticed its yellow rump while it was turned away. At least I think it's a Magnolia Warbler...

Other notable birds for a jam-packed morning were several Blue-headed Vireos, this female Summer Tanager, and a particularly amiable Red-bellied Woodpecker. And of course, there's the Brown Thrasher with the freakishly long bill that we noted in the previous post.

Finally, I'll leave you to consider this feather that we found lying on the ground. Frankly, it looks like some sort of novelty feather, but seeing as how it was found along a nature trail, I'd like to believe that it was a bird that dropped it, and not a child. Any thoughts?


  1. Gorgeous photos! c:

    The feather looks like a Guinea-Fowl feather to me. I'm sure there are several captive/escaped individuals running around in Miami; it seems like the climate would suit them. ^___^

    And here's a Google image search result to back me up:

    Looks like a likely candidate!

  2. Thanks, Elinor - I'm sure you're right!

  3. No problem; glad I could help! :D My aunt's friend brought back some guinea-fowl feathers from a trip she took when I was quite small, and I've noticed them particularly in decorations and craft stores ever since.

    I'll be watching your blog. ^___^