Karl Overman: Birds and more


In February of 2021, the Blue Hole on Big Pine Key was hosting two West Indian vagrants, Cuban Pewee and Black-faced Grassquit.  Now the pewee was getting the most ink from birders as it is the rarer of the two strays but it is a bird I have already had in the U.S. unlike the grassquit.  This is the covid era so yesterday, February 7th,  I spent a lot of time at the Blue Hole with well masked birders unlike myself. The grassquit was seen very early in the morning yesterday, before I arrived, and was missing in action for the rest of the day.  There were a couple of birders present on both days.  One was Tom Fields from Maryland.  He and his wife basically live in a van and travel around birding.  Sounds like a nice life to me.  On February 8th, the same birders plus a couple more were back.  The trails at the Blue Hole are very short.  Early this morning, Nancy Glickman silently signaled to me that she had the grassquit.  It took me some time to find it but eventually it came right out on the trail totally unconcerned by the birders 15 feet from it.  As for the pewee....

Black-faced Grassquit (Melanospiza bicolor)

Modified March 7, 2022