A Trickle of Migration

Today my sweetie Terri and I ventured back up to Riverbend Park in Jupiter Florida in search of the Barred Owl and whatever else might pop up along with a lovely bike ride.  We had quite a few really nice birds and I was able to add two new species to my Palm Beach County Photographic Big Year list.

Whitetail Deer ... not that interested in us but as soon as I looked away they had disappeared!

One of the first things that Terri and I saw this morning were some wonderful Whitetail Deer.  There were two different groups with the larger containing 6 individuals.  This being a well used park the deer have become fairly acclimated to people and will generally just mosie off towards cover instead of bolting.

While looking at the Deer I heard a Warbler calling and soon we spotted a Male Black-throated Blue Warbler.  That would be year bird # 167!  The picture is not really blog worthy but you can see it here on my Flickr site where all photos from my quest are located.

Summer tanager ... Palm Beach County Photographic Big Year Bird # 168

As Terri and I continued our search for the Owl I heard a bird chirping and I did not recognize the call.  I’m not the worlds best ear birder by any stretch but I do know most of our regulars so I was excited.  Soon Terri spotted this wonderful Summer Tanager and fortunately he was cooperative in letting me get a shot!

Sandhill Cranes ... Mom and Dad making sure Jr. is well fed!

Terri had been quite excited to see the pictures of the baby Sandhill Crane I took the other day so I told her I thought we might be able to find them.  With only a very minimal amount of riding we found them and they looked great again today.

We also saw the Swallowtail Kites again right before leaving and in the parking lot the male Peacock was showing off for the females.  Terri has some great shots from today including one incredible one of the Peacock displaying and they can be seen here.

Baltimore Oriole ... she looked even more stunning in the sun but I was doing more watching than shooting!

I visited Green Cay Wetlands late this afternoon and was fortunate enough to find a stunning Baltimore Oriole female gorging herself on the ripening Strangler Fig Berries.

Downy Woodpecker

I also saw a nice Cape May Warbler (missed the shot) in the same tree and a couple of other unidentified little ones.  Migration is slowly ramping up and we are overdue for a fantastic Spring migration so we’ll keep our fingers crossed.  I did get this cute little Downy Woodpecker … another of those species that I just can’t get enough of!

What a wonderful day I had.  I got to spend some really good quality time with my lady, saw some awesome wildlife and added a couple of more species.  God is great and I thank him every chance I get for special days like today!!!


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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8 Responses to A Trickle of Migration

  1. jmgoyder says:

    These are wonderful photos – thank you!!!

  2. newbiebird says:

    What a wonderful day!

  3. Great shots for an awesome day Tom! I really like the summer tanager, and I’m absolutely in love with Jr, hope you can keep up with the family and let us watch him grow up, that’d be so cool. Congrats on the adds to your year list too, and I cannot wait to see your impending summer migration through your lens!

  4. ncprism says:

    What a beautiful collection! I love the summer tanager; I’ve never seen one before. We have downies, though; there’s one nesting somewhere near my clothesline that I see every afternoon at the suet. I look forward to your posts and enjoy the pictures so much. Thanks for all the effort!

  5. Lady Deidre says:

    I love the little baby — family pic. Adorable! Great photos as usual!
    God Bless You!

  6. Another get set of quality photos. Thanks for posting Tom and setting the bar so high.

  7. mike585 says:

    Excellent captures again, Tom. 🙂

  8. Great photos! I thought woodpeckers were a little bigger than that, but I may be influenced by a classic cartoon character!

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