“One out of four ain’t bad” (apologies to an old Meatloaf song)

I was in Florida last weekend with a chance to see FOUR new birds. Unfortunately, three of them did not cooperate. The White-cheeked Pintail was NOT in the pond near Vero in America’s first National Wildlife Refuge. The Black Rail was NOT calling in the “can’t miss” marsh at 4am on either day…despite reports that someone saw it the day before and after I was there! And the Budgerigar was NOT at the feeder where a Norwegian vacationer had literally photographed it ten minutes before I arrived. However, the White-winged Parakeets WERE in the date palm trees near Miami’s airport, making up for the fact that I missed them in that exact spot last November.

#695..White-winged Parakeet

#695..White-winged Parakeet


White-winged Parakeet (Miami, Fla)

White-winged Parakeet (Miami, Fla)


The White-winged Parakeet is a native of South America but introduced to California and Florida in the 1960’s, where feral populations became established from released and escaped birds. Hey, the birding authorities count it…so I am, too. #695!

About George C. Wood

A birder since age ten, but not necessarily an avid "lister", I am closing in on 700 (*800!) species seen in North America.....hoping to capture each sighting with my camera.
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10 Responses to “One out of four ain’t bad” (apologies to an old Meatloaf song)

  1. Thomas S. McIlwain says:

    good job! 5 more! See you in 5 weeks.

    By the way, did my wine label for the class of ’65 idea go over like a lead balloon? I guess sometimes forget the old place isn’t full of marketing people. No one got back to me.

  2. Dorothy Weisbord says:

    LIKE

  3. David Lincoln says:

    Rock on Georgie! 4 to go!

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  4. Jeffrey Dingle says:

    One shy of the “Final Four” . . . March Madness!

    – Ffej

  5. ANNE WOOD says:

    Didn’t we all have those budgerigars as pets?

  6. Martin, Lisa says:

    Beautiful!!!!

    On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM, birdtalesblog

  7. Lindy Snider says:

    Great photos!!

    On Mar 27, 2014, at 5:12 PM, birdtalesblog wrote:

    WordPress.com George C. Wood posted: “I was in Florida last weekend with a chance to see FOUR new birds. Unfortunately, three of them did not cooperate. The White-cheeked Pintail was NOT in the pond near Vero in America’s first National Wildlife Refuge. The Black Rail was NOT calling in the “”

  8. Sean Butterfield Scanlon says:

    Yes!

    Sent from my iPhone

  9. Joe says:

    It’s down to the “final five”!

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