I started my year off at the Boynton Beach Inlet and was treated to this wonderful sunrise. There were quite a few people up and about to see the first sunrise of the year and I liked the young couple standing close together on the pier.
Today was a very birdy day. I only casually birded today visiting the Inlet, Wellington Wetlands and Green Cay Wetlands. I had no real targets in mind today and birded at a leisurely pace and still came up with 71 species. I took pictures of a large percentage and will post those on my Flickr page here.
The best bird of the day came early at the BB Inlet. On the inside of the inlet there were a couple of Common Loons. This is a new county bird for me so what a nice way to start off the year. I also saw and got pictures of 5 gull species including both Greater and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. There was a lone Black-bellied Plover in with the Turnstones and Sanderlings.
After picking up Terri we headed to Wellington and took the back way into Flying Cow road. If you’ve never gone to Wellington Wetlands via 50th Street instead of Southern Blvd. you’re missing a lot of great viewing. This road goes by horse farms and polo fields and I always see good wildlife going that route. The 2 Sandhill Cranes above are a good example. They were lifers for Terri and a really good bird for the 1st day of the year .
Wellington Wetlands never fails to provide some good birds. While I missed on the Horned Grebe today this beautiful female Snail Kite provided a wonderful picture op. There were many Limpkins, Shrikes and Lesser Scaup among the couple of dozen species seen today.
Terri and I visited Green Cay Wetlands today from 3pm till dark. Highlights were this very cooperative Northern Harrier (look at those remarkable eyes), 5 duck species including Gadwall and American Widgeon, 6 Warbler species including Praire and Parula, some extremely photogenic Soras and Purple Galinules along with all the normal stuff you’d expect from this wonderful place.
All and all an incredible start to the New Year and I sincerely hope everyone has a healthy and birdy wonderful New Year!