Big Year Visitors

I had the very distinct pleasure of playing host to Eric and Clare Malbone who are doing a Lower 48 Big Year. You can see them here on WordPress at Where the Birds Are.  We enjoyed a wonderful day chasing down a few birds for their Big Year and managed a respectable day list of a little over 80 species and also good looks at 3 Bobcats!

Gull-billed Tern ... this is the 161st species I've photographed in Palm Beach County this year!

While we were out I managed to pick up a new bird for my list.  At the Wellington Environmental Preserve we checked through the roosting flock of Terns and noticed a few Gull-billed Terns in with the Caspian and Forster’s.  Pretty sweet to pick up 3 Tern species in one spot!

A small sample of the group!

We went to Peaceful Waters park in Wellington looking for Wood Ducks and were blessed with a beautiful view of the male sitting on a log.  We also checked out the water treatment plant and found a wonderful group of Shorebirds and Ducks.

Stilt Sandpipers

In amongst the many Yellowlegs and Dowitchers was a group of Stilt Sandpipers.  Thankfully they were one of the closer birds feeding and allowed for a nice shot of this migratory and some what allusive Sandpiper.

American Bittern

Our last stop of the day was Green Cay Wetlands to look for Bitterns.  Being blessed is an understatement.  We had great looks at 2 American and 3 Least Bitterns along with numerous Soras.  It was also really nice that Terri came out to GC and met us and she found the first of the Least Bitterns!!!

I would like to mention that I really didn’t spend much time taking photo’s yesterday.  I was so busy enjoying Clare and Eric’s company and seeing so much wonderful nature that at times I didn’t even think to take pics.

Wilson's Snipe

I did want to document a Wilson’s Snipe we saw at Green Cay.  In years past there have always been a half a dozen or so around but this year has been noteworthy for their conspicuous absence.  This guy was on the half mile loop near the East side of the boardwalk.

All and all an absolutely wonderful day.  I got to meet a wonderful couple and show them around to some of my favorite County locations.  They added a few birds to their year list (check out their blog above) and I picked up a new one for mine!

Thank you so much for visit and all the wonderful comments.  You can view all 161 birds I’ve photographed this year in Palm Beach County right here on my Flickr site.


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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3 Responses to Big Year Visitors

  1. Clare Malbone says:

    Thank you so much for a wonderful day. It was great to meet you and Terri, and get shown around some of the wonderful birding sites in Palm Beach County. We added ten species to our year list yesterday, plus another three this morning at Three Lakes, thanks to your advice to go there for Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Eric’s working on a blog post about yesterday – hopefully we’ll get that posted in the morning. Thanks again for great birding (and bobcats!).

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