Sparrows and Little Birds at Oakland Nature Preserve

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Reports of a Yellow-breasted Chat at Oakland Nature Preserve took me to the Red Trail with my camera. The chat eluded me, but I did see plenty of sparrows and little birds.

I spotted a Grasshopper Sparrow perched out on a pile of brush. This isn’t one of the highly-endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrows, but a more common wintering visitor. Arrive early if you want to spot one of these guys. They are easiest to find in the first hour or so after sunrise.

Grasshopper Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow

Later I spotted this Field Sparrow in a tree at the edge of the trail. Two Field Sparrows have been regular visitors to Oakland Nature Preserve for the past couple of years. They are uncommon winter visitors in Central Florida.

Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow

Throughout the fields, I heard the happy calls of American Goldfinches in the treetops. Finally one came close enough to photograph.

American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

The Grasshopper Sparrow wasn’t the one fan of the big brush pile. This House Wren find a high perch to sing his heart out. For such a small bird, he made such a big noise!

House Wren
House Wren

The fields were alive with the calls of little birds. Sparrows, warblers, and buntings. I finally spotted a Painted Bunting “greenie” in the same tree as the Field Sparrow.

Painted Bunting (Greenie)
Painted Bunting (Greenie)

Overhead was a Common Ground Dove. I heard this bird before I saw him. The little rustling sound in their wings is unmistakable.

Common Ground Dove
Common Ground Dove

As I wandered around the trail, this Red-bellied Woodpecker flew in front of me and landed on a tree trunk. He said that not all birds are as elusive as the chat!

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Want to learn more about nature photography at Oakland Nature Preserve?

Check out my Oakland Nature Preserve page with more information about the location, map, website, photography tips, etc. It is archived by date so you can see my images from previous visits. Maybe you'll be inspired for your own trip!

Planning a trip to Florida? Don't miss my Central Florida Bird Photography Locations reference guide!

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