Thursday, August 4, 2022

Crops & Clips: Flashback to August, 2019

As is my habit at the beginning of each month, I combed the photo archives from three years back and searched for images which reflected favorite memes: critters of all kinds (especially birds), skies and clouds, reflections and flowers, as well as scenes which speak for themselves. We spent the entire month of August at home in south Florida.

The first bird photographed, on August 1, was this Tricolored Heron, foraging along the near shore of our back yard lake:

On August 5th, an adult Bald Eagle flew over the Wounded Wetlands adjacent to our home:

That same day, I noted that this Northern Cardinal was molting from somber juvenile plumage to the red of an  adult male:

We enjoyed the graceful beauty of a  White-tailed Deer doe with her yearling fawn:

Prairie Warblers were rather abundant, as they migrate inland from their coastal breeding habitat:

The American Redstart is another early migrant warbler which sometimes shows up during the summer:

The Louisiana Waterthrush is an early fall migrant, one of which occupied a local wetlands patch from August through October the previous year. Possibly it was the same individual;

The Black-and-white Warbler may be seen all year around, but the winter population is augmented by migrants from the north. This is an adult male:

The Northern Parula warbler breeds in Florida just to the north and may be seen any time of year.   This is a terrible exposure of a male, but I liked the color and the airy feel:

The Common Ground-Dove is a permanent resident. It breeds erratically between early spring and into October.  I found a nest with two eggs on August 19, 2014, said to be the first nest of this species ever documented in Broward County. This appears to be a male because of its bright reddish breast:

In the back yard, a female Anhinga protested my approach in a defensive display-- neck extended, bill open, gular pouch expanded and wings slowly flapping:

Carolina Wrens were singing as if it were spring. They are non-migratory and may raise as many as three broods. (I was surprised to find this species at my suet feeder all winter here in north-central Connecticut. They now are seen all year in northern New England and southeastern Canada.  Severe winters in the early part of the 20th Century eradicated them from the north Atlantic coastal states. Their population once again expanded and by the 1940s they had just reached New Jersey, when I saw one as a kid birder. I believe their dependence upon feeders has helped them cope with the winter weather):

Other non-bird sightings of note included--

An amazing sky show over the Wounded Wetlands, 35 minutes before sunrise on August 8:

It was the United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket blasting off from Kennedy Space Center, 200 miles to the north.

At my feet, the tracks of a Coyote. The smaller rear paw with long nails has overprinted the front:

The Sturgeon Moon setting over the lake on August 15:

A view of the 196th Avenue Canal to the south on August 25: 

Zebra heliconian on Bidens alba, (August 31):

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Linking to:

Skywatch Friday

Weekend Reflections

Saturday's Critters


All Seasons

Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday)

Wild Bird Wednesday

My Corner of the World

Please visit the links to all these posts to see some excellent photos on display


  1. What a variety of wildlife and skies you show us!!

  2. Beautiful, Ken ... 2019 - that's when the world was still normal! Wonder if it will ever go back to that. Probably not:) Emille (Jesh)

  3. Thanks for including the Northern Parula warbler. It is lovely!

  4. I like #14 the best. Looks so nice and weird at the same time.

  5. Wonderful pictures, Ken. Even though I was able to show a lot of birds this time, I can't keep up with what you keep showing. I just enjoy.
    Kind regards - Elke

  6. It is a lovely idea, to gather August photos! I'll have to think on this.
    (ツ) from Jenn Jilks , ON, Canada!

  7. Great to see all these birds! And they were in action too!

  8. Absolutely amazing photos of the rocket launch. Great job!!

  9. Wow on everything.

    Visting from Skywatch Friday!

    Worth a Thousand Words

  10. Hello Ken,
    Awesome series of photos. I loved all the birds and the pretty butterfly. Great captures of the rocket! Thank you for sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your weekend.

  11. The Northern Parula is a beautiful photo! We seem to be between times here right now. But we do have lots of Ibis and Egrets so I won't complain! Enjoy your weekend!

  12. As always, great crops!! A favorite is the profile of the male redstart!

    Thanks so much for taking time to link in this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

  13. I always look forward to reading your blog. I learn so much. Rocket image is spectacular! So is the moon shot. Congratulations on taking the first picture of a common ground dove in Broward County.

  14. It was a joy to read this. That's good news about the Carolina wren. It never occurred to me that a spell of bad winters could do that to a population.

  15. Wow. The moon shot is amazing - and the rocket one. I didn't realise they were still doing that stuff. Great pics. Thanks for sharing at #Allseasons

  16. Very nice shots! I don't think I've ever seen an American redstart before.

  17. I admire a lot of your bird photography. The rocket show in the sky looks stunning. Thanks for sharing with Garden Affair.

  18. Wonderful collection of bird photos!

  19. Another fabulous flash-back series, Ken!
    If I wasn't already here, I would be homesick for Florida!

    We're beginning to see early migrants this week. Groups of Prairie Warblers, a few American Redstarts and yesterday three Prothonotary Warblers. Hard to think about "autumn" migration in 95-degree heat!

    Take care.

  20. Your corner of the world is so rich in avifauna. :)
    You caught some lovely sky shots, too.

  21. Fantastic! There is much to marvel at in this post, including your personal achievement of being the first to discover dove eggs in the area.

  22. Great series of shots, and I'm so glad you explained the interesting sky shots of the rocket launch. That was fascinating but I was thinking it was a weird southern version of northern lights!
    Thanks for sharing at


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