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.

Male House Finch ... What an unexpected treasure! #126

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.

Ruddy Turnstone

This Ruddy Turnstone was posing on the breakwater so I obliged him with a couple of shots!

Forster's Tern ... Year bird # 125

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.

Marsh Wren # 127

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!


About sheriffsmith

I have worked for the Broward County Sheriff's Office the last 13 years and spend most of my free time birdwatching / naturewatching and photographing the birds and nature that I encounter. I believe God has blessed us with a world that is so absolutely fascinating and wonderful and I'm doing my best to discover and show others all that he has provided us with in nature.
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