Birds of Puerto Rico – Grey Kingbird

Grey Kingbird
Grey Kingbird

The Grey Kingbird is found at lower elevations throughout the Caribbean as well as coastal Florida.  Typical Kingbird behavior, these guys fear nothing and take charge of whatever territory they call their own.  I found these birds at most places I visited on the island, but the ones around the hotel were so bold, I tended to watch my back lest they use that hooked beak on me…

Grey Kingbird
Grey Kingbird

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OZB
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The Flies

Carrion Fly
Carrion Fly

The beetles (order Coleoptera) are famous for being the most diverse group of animals on the planet.  The flies, however, are not too far behind and many people are surprised to hear how many forms and places flies can be found.  I have been able to find and photograph a few of these forms in my own backyard and will share them here.  I photographed this carrion fly (Calliphoridae) hanging out on my rosinweed.

The Soldier

Soldier Beetle
Soldier Beetle

Most soldier beetles are true opportunists when it comes to tucker.  While not being the most efficient pollinators, these beetles can be found around almost any flowers from mid to late summer where they feed on nectar, pollen and small insects like aphids and ants.  This one was photographed on my common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).

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OZB
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Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

Way back in April Steve and I visited Larue Road, AKA “Snake Road”, to visit the swamps of western Shawnee National Forest.  We came up mostly short on snakes and found way to many naked apes on this particular Saturday, but we were pretty certain to find a good feathered reptile show, and we were not disappointed.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

The Prothonotary Warbler is a staple of southern swamps and this area sure has its share.  We were pleasantly surprised to find a number of these birds foraging along the road, without a care about what we were up to.  This allowed for some very nice looks and photographic opportunities.

Prothonotary Warbler
The Original Entomologist

The image above shows how these guys (and most warblers) go about making a living.  They know better than any entomologist that the best opportunities for finding caterpillars and spiders is to look under leaves and inside the folds and crevices of new leaves and flowers.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

We didn’t find a nest cavity of one of these monks during this visit, but they were undoubtedly tending nests and potentially caring for eggs.  If only this area were not a three hour drive!

Cute Coots
Cute Coots

Lastly, at one end of the road we were greeted by a gang of Coots feasting on Coon’s Tail.

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OZB
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Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail
Virginia Rail

Many thanks to Connie and Jo Alwood who turned me on to this Virginia Rail they were watching this spring at BK Leach Conservation Area.  The midday light was poor for photography, but the bird was cooperative as it hunted among the cattails.  A couple of weeks later Sarah and I made a visit to BK Leach and found even more great rail habitat.  We were able to watch three more Virginia Rails and of course I left the camera at home…

Please have a look at Jo Alwood’s YouTube Channel.  I find it to be a treasure of Missouri wildlife documentary that ranks up there with the likes of Charles and Elizabeth Schwartz and Marty Stouffer.

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OZB
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