Many birds live in or fly through the North Florida area. These three pages are an assortment of small birds which neither swim nor wade. This first page includes bluebirds, catbirds, doves, loggerhead shrikes, kingfishers and wrens. Subsequent pages include bluejays and mockingbirds, waxwings and gulls, and flycatchers and warblers.
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Loggerhead shrike.
[Bird with a grey crown, a black mask-like streak across its eyes, and a white belly is perched on a tree branch approximately one half inch in diameter and faces the camera. It has a black bill and black legs and feet.]

The Loggerhead shrike's bill helps it with its raptor-like habits.
[Profile view of the bird perched on a branch. It faces the left and the hooked end of the upper bill extends beyond the lower bill. The bird had grey along the top of its head and its upper back. The outer edges of the wing and the tail are black. Its belly and a few parts on its wing are white.]

While it has a bill like a raptor, the loggerhead shrike does not have talons. It sometimes uses the spikes on barbed wire to pierce and help kill its prey.
[This is a different shrike perched on a barbed-wire fence with its left-front side facing the camera. The left side of its body is visible, but, because its head is turned, only the right side of its face can be seen. The black 'mask' across its eyes does not extend to the back of its head.]

Male eastern bluebird.
[This bluebird stands on a utility wire and faces the camera. Its head, back and tail are blue. Its neck and upper breast are red/rust, and its lower underside is white.]

Male and female bluebird I saw a few days before Valentine's Day.
[The pair are perched about a foot apart from each other on a barbed wire with their breasts toward the camera. The male has a blue head and back with a red-rust uppper belly and a white lower belly. The female's head is more grey than blue and her upper breast seems to have mroe white feathers giving it a brownish-orange colore.]

Carolina wren.
[The image looks up on this bird perched on a branch so we see most of its light brown belly. It has a white streak coming from the beak and going across its head toward its brown back. There are specks of white along the edge of its dark brown back.]

Female belted kingfisher.
[This bird has dark blue crest and a dark blue black. It has a wide, white neck band and belly. It has has a rust colored section on its belly which is only seen on females. The bird sits on the top rail of a chain-link fence.]

A catbird, supposedly named because of the sound it makes although I didn't notice any cat voices.
[The grey bird stands within the links of the chain-link fence. It has a dark cap across the top of its head.]

A male house sparrow.
[The bird stands facing the camera with its head facing left. It is perched on the top of a guard rail. The bird has a white face and stomach except for a black bib on the top of its chest and a black mask around its eyes that come to a black line which attachs the black bib. The back of its head on its face is dark brown.]

This mourning dove is quite colorful.
[The bird stands at the edge of the grass. Its main color is brown, but there are tinges of pink on its neck, some blue on the underside of its rump, and there are black spots on its wing. Its eye and bill are black and its legs are purplish.]

The blue eyelid of a mourning dove.
[This dove stands on sand near some shoots of grass. The camera caught the bird while blinking so its light-blue eyelid creates constrast with the beige color of the rest of the bird's head.]

Juvenile mourning doves.
[Both birds are sitting on the road so their feet are not visible. They are close to each other, but not touching. The one in the back faces the left while the front one faces the right. The do not yet have the distinctive blue coloring around their eyes. Their bodies are mottled with black among the brown feathers.]

Continue to page 2 to see bluejays and mockingbirds.

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