Indian Peafowl at Bill Sadowski Park

During a recent stop by Bill Sadowski Park in Palmetto Bay, FL I was greeted by a small group of Indian Peafowl, commonly known as Peacocks.  Anyone who lives or spends a good amount of time around Old Cutler Road in the South Western quadrant of Miami-Dade County is very familiar with these colorful birds.  They are quite frequently seen in small groups along the roadside or pecking around parks and homeowners’ front yards.

As their name suggests, these bright blue and green residents are not indigenous to South Florida.  Originally brought over from India as pets, they are one of several invasive species in the area, albeit one that many don’t mind having around.

Indian Peafowl or Blue Peafowl (Pavo cristatus)

I am guessing these to be immature males, as their train feather are somewhat short.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

This morning I found an hour to walk through the nature trails at Bill Sadowski Park in Palmetto Bay, Florida. It was a relaxing stroll, and my freshly-applied insect repellent seemed to have the mosquitoes baffled. I was greeted at the trail entrance be three Indian Peafowl. I observed an exciting squirrel fight up in the tree tops. I watched a lazy raccoon sleeping in the branches of a banyan tree. The trees were alive with bird calls of many different different types, most of which I never saw. I did see Northern Mockingbirds, Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and some Northern Parulas, the latter two being firsts for my Year List and Life List. I managed to capture a couple photos of a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher that seemed worthy of posting.

He didn’t stay put for long.  I was lucky to get these shots.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)