One of the best things about Bird Watching is the people you meet. I have met and made many friends in the last 6 years. It is rare to find someone in the outdoors who’s not friendly or not willing to help you find a bird you might be looking for. Some of my friends are aware that I’m doing a Palm Beach County Big Year and are always on the lookout for a good bird for my list.
Today my very good friend Cheryl invited me up to her house in Palm Beach Gardens. She has had a pair of House Finches visiting her back yard feeders for a couple of weeks. I really hadn’t even considered this species as I’ve never seen it in Palm Beach County before. It is a regular Winter visitor in North Florida so to get one this far South is a real treat and blessing!
The Finches had been showing up between 11:00AM and 1PM so prior to this Cheryl and I visited Juno Beach Pier, Carlin Park and the Jupiter Inlet and Juno Scrub Ridge.
This Ruddy Turnstone was posing on the breakwater so I obliged him with a couple of shots!
Another new bird for my year list was this cooperative Forster’s Tern. There were 3 of these beautiful Terns feeding close to the jetty at Jupiter Inlet. I saw the Tern before the Finch so he was County Year Bird # 125.
This evening Terri, who’s my very, very best friend, and I did a quick loop around Green Cay Wetlands. I really wasn’t expecting to see another new bird today but she spotted this Marsh Wren and I was fortunate enough to get an IDable shot of him.
What an incredible day. I was hoping for 1 new bird today and manage 3 … awesome. You can see pictures of all the birds I’ve photographed in Palm Beach County this year … right here. Thank you all for visiting!