Feeder Birding

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.

Northern Cardinal ... She must be flirting!

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.

Brown Thrasher ... This very shy guy came out for just a couple of seconds the entire 2 hours I was there!

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. 

 

Indigo Bunting ... This is the 138th species I've photographed this year in Palm Beach County!

 

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!

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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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2 Responses to Feeder Birding

  1. Sweet shots! Yes, Ii do believe Ms Cardinal is flirting with your lens! 🙂

  2. Jim Miller says:

    I agree w/Donna. That NOCA is flirting with your lens. I love shooting from blinds. If lighting has been considered when it was constructed and the feed is out regularly, it can be a great way to get some intimate images of the seed feeders.

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