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Ovenbird

Ovenbird

Ovenbird

Photographed in Mead Garden, Winter Park, Florida on October 17, 2009.

Whatbird: Medium-sized, ground walking warbler with olive-brown upperparts and heavily spotted white underparts. Head has a dull orange central crown stripe, bold white eye-ring, and black eyebrows. Wings and tail are olive-green. Legs are pink, stout, and long. Sexes are similar. Juvenile is duller and has olive-brown crown stripe.  Studies estimate that half of all adults die each year with much of the mortality due to the hazards of migration.

Today was the Mead Garden Monthly Bird Count. What a turnout and everyone was rewarded with the Best Day of the 2009 Fall Migration. A cold front moved through last night and the migrating birds were in abundance. At least 14 different species of Warbler were seen.

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