Dodging Shower’s

I woke up early and when I looked at the radar and clouds I decided to stay closer to home and see what I could find.  I started the day at Peaceful Waters in Wellington.  I have not been here in a year and had heard lot’s of bad reports recently.  I found it very similar to what I had last year with a little too much vegetation and not enough open water.  I talked to the manager today and he said that they were aggressively trying to get a handle on the problem.  There were piles of Water Hyacinth and a few areas where you could see they had sprayed.  This could be an awesome place with just a little help.

White Ibis Squabble

When I first got on the boardwalk I saw a snag with some White Ibis. Another Ibis tried to share the snag and this was the result.  I know it’s not sharp but I liked the action it showed.  You can click on any picture to see a larger/sharper version!

Northern Shoveler ... Palm Beach County Big Year Bird # 140

I had a feeling I’d find something new today and was not disappointed when I found this Northern Shoveler.  It looks like he was tired of holding that massive bill up but he actually was taking a bath.

If you’re in the area of Peaceful Waters it’s worth a stop.  The North end of the property butts up against the water treatment plant and most times there are shorebirds in the treatment pond.  Today there must have been a couple hundred Yellowlegs, Dowitchers and Least Sandpipers!

Forster's and Caspian Terns

I then went to Wellington Environmental Preserve and biked around for an hour or so.  It was very windy and not very birdie.  One interesting thing I did find was a group of Forster’s Terns loafing with the Caspian Terns.

Forster's Terns

I tried sneaking up on the group but flushed the whole group.  I suppose they didn’t mind too much as they set right back down after a quick circle!

Brown-headed Cowbird ... Palm Beach County Big Year Bird # 141

On my way home I saw a large group of birds on the wires.  There must have been 100 European Starlings and this one lone Brown-headed Cowbird!!

All 141 species I’ve photographed in Palm Beach County this year can be seen here on my Flickr site!  Thank you so much for visiting and the wonderful comments!


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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One Response to Dodging Shower’s

  1. Love that White Ibis squabble! 🙂

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