Palm Beach County finally saw some cold weather this morning. My car thermometer read 46 degrees when I got to Green Cay Wetlands this morning. There was also a pretty good breeze of 10-15 MPH so we actually experienced a little wind chill.
I love the cooler temperatures. They often bring in new birds and I have plenty of warm clothes. My wonderful daughter Theresa knitted me a super fantastic pair of fingertipless gloves. They do a fantastic job of keeping my hands warm and still allow me to manipulate my camera and binoculars.
Today I walked around with Linda and her sister Carroll. We saw many good birds including 5 Raptor species. We had numerous Northern Harrier sightings, Coopers Hawk, Osprey, Red-shouldered and a new one for this year a gorgeous Merlin.
The Coopers Hawk we saw today was one of the numerous juveniles we have at Green Cay. I probably see 4 to 1 Juveniles to Adults. You can age this one by the Yellow eye, an adults is Red and the chest pattern of dots. This is a definite sign of this guys age as an adults will have closely spaced barring similar to an adult Red-shouldered.
As we were watching the Coopers this Red-shouldered Hawk flew by. While I’m not a Raptor expert I believe this is an older Juvenile. It doesn’t have the barring of an adult and it’s probably a 2nd year bird. I guess I now have something to study! I love new challenges and I look forward to learning how to age our Florida default Hawk!!!
I had a wonderful morning birding with a good friend and a new friend. Thanks for the visit and support.