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Friday, April 29, 2011

Peveto, 4/28/2011

Below are some of the birds seen on Thursday, April 28, 2011 in SW Louisiana.

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This female Baltimore Oriole discovered a mulberry tree and hung out taking advantage of the multitude of scrumptious berries.

Yellow-Rumped Warblers take on a different look as they transition into their breeding plumage.

What do you think of the colorful, little Magnolia Warblers as they bounce around in the trees?

How did the Magnolia Warbler get its name? I read that Alexander Wilson collected the first specimen in 1810. He collected it in a Magnolia Tree, thus the name Magnolia Warbler.

The male American Restart is a colorful bird to watch as it flutters from tree limb to tree limb gathering insects seemingly never resting.

It is almost impossible to get a picture of the American Redstart due to its incessant movement in the tree tops. Its tail feathers are flared a lot of the time as it flutters about.

This elusive, secretive Mourning Warbler was a delight to witness at Peveto Sanctuary. Observant Melvin Weber spotted it slipping through the dense vegetation near a water structure as we sat on a bench hoping it would show. Fortunately there was a small opening in the thick vegetation offering up a shot as he bounced through. Left-click for a better look.

Sharp-eyed Paul Conover spotted this rare, Review List Lesser Nighthawk shading itself while resting on a limb in a Live Oak Tree at Peveto. Great find Paul and thanks for sharing for all to enjoy!

Was this picture taken in a floral shop? It might seem like it, but this gorgeous Passion flower was growing on a vine right in the middle of Peveto Sanctuary. There were other Passon flowers growing on the same vine as well. This flower must be hardy surviving in the middle of a dry, coastal woodlot like Peveto. It looks good and smells good too!


  1. Passifloria incornata to be exact ;-) It's Purple Passion Flower, also referred to as May-pop as its fruit blooms in May and kids use to take them and jump on them to hear the loud POP they produce. Good shots as usual Tom, really nice Lesser Nighthawk! We have only had a few in flight down in South TX while watching Red-crowned Parrots and Plain Chachalaca all around us :-)

  2. Thanks for the Purple Passion Flower ID and for the great information. That must have been quite a treat being surrounded by Parrots and Chachalacas while birding and taking pictures!