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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!