I woke up and watched the sun come up at Loxahatchee NWR and watched the sun go down at Green Cay Wetlands. I birded for about 4 hours this morning and a couple of hours tonight. The weather today was fabulous, a little warm for the 3rd day of Spring but by this evening the humidity had disappeared and it was just marvelous walking around GC. Nothing new or spectacular today but I did manage a couple of OK images!
I watched a Red-bellied Woodpecker working on a new nest hole for 15-20 minutes. He was really going at it and in real-time you couldn’t see him flicking away the debris but I was blessed to capture some images of this action. He closed his eyes every time he was removing woodchips. Pretty cool to see nature in action!
I also had this Great-crested Flycatcher. There is a Strangler Fig Tree that is just loaded with fruit right now and there must have been 20 Gray Catbirds eating as well as a couple of Mockingbirds. This guy was attracted to all the bugs who were also swarming around the tree. Now if we could just get migration started.
Probably the coolest thing I saw today was this Sphinx Caterpillar. The picture doesn’t really give a reference to his size but he was 3 inches long and as thick as my ring finger. If the Birds would only pose as nicely as he did!
Tonight at Green Cay Wetlands I bumped into four guys from Ohio State University (My Alma Mater). They are down on Spring Break and were just amazed at our beautiful birds and other wildlife. They saw 4 baby Alligators and Roseate Spoonbills, Purple Galinules and on the railing screaming Limpkins.
I didn’t take many pictures because I was playing tour guide and talking about all the different plants and birds. I did manage this cute image of a Pied-billed Grebe finishing up his bath. This really isn’t a tough shot as they are so predictable and I’ve witnessed this many times. Still a fun shot and the lighting was so sweet!
Thanks for the visit and I really do appreciate all the kind comments!