When you work the 3-11pm shift and are a birder the extra hour of dark in the morning is a good thing. I’m use to sleeping 6 hours and rushing out of the house in the morning. As all good birders know the best birding often occurs from sunrise till 10-11 am when the birds are first up and feeding and before they take their afternoon nap!
Today I started at the Boynton Beach Inlet. I managed an extra 1/2 hour of sleep and still managed to beat the sun-up. There was lots of activity at the beach but nothing really unusual. The best bird being a Sandwich Tern. I don’t see these that often so it’s always a nice treat.
I then went to a new park that opened up in the Lake Worth Lagoon. The Snook Island park has a long fishing pier as well as a separate pier just for nature watching. There are a dozen or so Oyster beds and a Mangrove area that should be good for American Oystercatcher and possibly even Redish Egret. This morning the tide was really low and the only “good” birds that I saw were a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers. There was pair of Osprey calling back and forth and this one allowed a fairly close approach. I definitely will be returning as this place has a good deal of potential.
As always thank you so much for the visit!