I didn’t see a new bird for my Palm Beach County Photography Big Year today and I’m very thankful for that! Say what? Yes, I’m very thankful and I’ll explain why.
I have birded every day this year. I’ve birded 26 days in a row and found and photographed at least one new bird every day. I found and photographed 135 species of birds (133 ABA countable). I am thrilled at my progress for the year and have great hopes for the rest of the year but …
Today I started at Loxahatchee NWR a little before dawn. I went to an area near the boat dock where I had heard a King Rail last week. I played the call and immediately a bird responded not 25 feet away across the canal. What a fantastic experience … for the next 15 minutes he called and clucked … but never once showed his face. A wonderful birding experience and I know/hope I’ll get his picture at a later date.
I looked around for an hour or so and saw many wonderful birds including a Red-shouldered Hawk fly down 10 feet from me and get a snake … way cool!
I couldn’t find the feeding flock of Warblers anywhere so I decided to head to Green Cay Wetlands to see what was around there.
I didn’t find anything new there either but I did run into many of my birding friends that I haven’t seen much this month and that definitely makes up for not getting a new bird.
I enjoy the chase and excitement of finding something new … but I also love my friends and just casually watching nature take place around us. I also got to see my honey today and spend some wonderful time with her looking at the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees!
I still want to get another 4-5 birds before the end of the month and will be going to STA 3/4 tomorrow in search of Ducks. There was a recent report on the TAS birdboard of Pintails and Shovelers. Last year about this time I had a White-tailed Kite out there so wish me luck!
… So now that my streak has been broken, I’ll still be chasing but I’ll also be doing more casual birding and Gasp, might even take a day off! Thanks so much for looking and your kind comments.