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Ash-throated Flycatcher Up Close at Lust Road

Last weekend I visited the Lust Road entrance of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. I had intended to do the drive, but I ended up spending the morning just walking around photographing the little birds at the gate. The Ash-throated Flycatcher is back this year, and he posed nice and close…

Ash-throated Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher

All morning I heard the happy calls of American Goldfinches. There was a small flock of them gathered in the grass. They haven’t turned their pretty bright yellow yet, so they blend in easily to the vegetation.

American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

As I was stalking goldfinches, I spotted this photogenic little Palm Warbler. He seemed to know that he was beautiful in the golden morning light.

Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler

The Lust Road gate is a great place to look for sparrows. My first bird of the morning was a Swamp Sparrow…

Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow

I spotted a Grasshopper Sparrow, but he stayed deep in the bushes. Unlike this Savannah Sparrow…

Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow

I heard the Painted Buntings before I saw them. I then spotted a couple of greenies and a male. The male didn’t want to pose for the camera but the greenie’s feathers sure did glisten in the morning light. :)

Painted Bunting "Greenie"
Painted Bunting “Greenie”

The wind started to pick up and I began packing up my camera. A cute little Blue-gray Gnatcatcher popped out to say goodbye . I’ll never get tired of photographing these tiny clowns. This guys is starting to show the dark line on his face that’s part of his breeding plumage. That’s a sign that spring is on its way!!

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

One thought on “Ash-throated Flycatcher Up Close at Lust Road

  1. What an enjoyable post! It always befuddles me when car after car zooms through the gate on their way to – where? To see birds? They just passed beauties such as you have displayed. Sigh.

    I really savored each of these images, Jess. Thank you!

    Very nice photograph of the flycatcher!!

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