Spent a very lovely 3 hours walking around the Green Cay Wetlands this morning. The weather finally cooperated with sunny conditions and it seemed like the birds were happy about it too!
Green Cay has quite a few Firebush that are wonderful Hummingbird attractants. Over the Winter the blooms of the Firebush die off and it becomes a little more difficult to find our over-wintering Hummers. Today when I first walked in I told Dr. Alan to look at the Firebush as it finally had a blossom and I thought my chances would now be better to find one.
I actually ended up finding 2 of them. Unfortunately both were very backlit and thus not as sharp as I would have liked. We should have an influx of migrant Hummers coming through very soon and I will be able to improve their image.
I had many nice finds this morning including this cool looking Spider. I’m not 100% positive on the name but that’s what I came up with using Google.
In the birding world many of us Pssish, which is nothing more than making funny noises trying to get birds to respond. I’ve become pretty good at warbling like a Screech Owl and my Warbler pishing works OK most of the time. Today I was trying out a new thing to imitate a Least Bittern. Linda was kind of laughing at me and wouldn’t you know it not 2 minutes later this beautiful female flew to us!
We also had a very cooperative trio of Roseate Spoonbills.
In the Cypress Woods there is usually a good number of Palm Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers. I always try to make sure there isn’t a “better” Warbler hiding amongst his buddies and today I was fortunate to find a different Palm Warbler … the resident Palms are all Western varieties and this Eastern Palm caught my attention!
The last cool thing I saw this morning was this Cuban Anole. He was really showing off and I thought his Dulap looked like a slice of Watermelon!
The Hummingbird was new for the year. You can see pictures of all 156 birds species here on my Flickr website.