After spending the entire day outside yesterday I was looking for a quick “fix” so I went to Okeeheelee Park near Green Acres. Okeeheelee Park is HUGE … at over 1700 acres there is a lot of potential for a variety of species.
There are a couple of big draws for bird watchers. One of them is that there is a breeding flock of Wood Ducks and there are blinds to aid photographers but I think the number one draw are the well stocked feeders.
The feeders draw a good variety of birds. Last year a Dickcissel over-wintered here and was the highlight for many Palm Beach County listers.
The normal big draw here are the Buntings, both Painted and Indigo. I stayed at the feeders for about 2 hours and had as many as 3 Indigos and 10-15 Painted Buntings on the ground at once. The only small negative about this particular feeder are the Squirrels … lots and lots and they love to chase each other, which in turn startles the smaller birds. The beauty of seeing 4-5 male Painted Buntings all at once makes this a must see if you are in South Florida in the Winter.
I think I’ll look for Virginia Rail tomorrow. There were a pair seen At Wakodahatchee Wetlands on Saturday. Thanks for looking and I really want to thank those who have taken the time to comment!