Today I ventured up to Riverbend Park in Jupiter. Yesterday a friend had a beautiful Barred Owl (a new bird for my year) and I had hopes that it would roost a couple of days in the same area. I searched for an hour or so and saw all the expected Woodpeckers and many, many Cedar Waxwings but alas no Owl.
Riverbend is a huge park with many miles of bike paths. I know I’ve said this before but this place is probably one of the most under birded spots in the county. It is at the far Northern reaches of the county but is very accessible from both the Turnpike and I-95.
I spent most of the remainder of my time this morning observing this Sandhill Crane family. They were in the middle of a field busily feeding their young one so I sat down where I thought they might eventually pass.
I really love watching Sandhill Cranes. The first Golf Course I worked at in Florida had at least half a dozen different pairs that would breed there each year. The one thing that seemed consistent with all the Cranes that I observed was that they are excellent parents and have a high success rate with their offspring.
I saved the cute factor for the last picture. I watched this guy eat a dozen grubs or so and his parents have taught him well. Every time someone would run by he would duck down into the long grass.
I love mornings like this where I can just stay in one place and observe nature. I’ll try to find these guys every time I go up to Riverbend and will keep updating as this little one grows. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed day!