Yesterday afternoon I was watching the weather and we had some nice thunderstorms building up and moving off to the East. I love to bird right after the rain stops as the birds are usually feeding and easier to see. I ended up not seeing much and getting drenched anyway.
It rained off and on last night so my hopes were up that I might find something new at Green Cay Wetlands today. I did find a new bird for my Green Cay list but no new year birds and unfortunately no migrants.
Shorebirds were still present this morning. There were 8 Least Sandpipers and a couple of both Lesser Yellowlegs and Solitary Sandpipers. There are lots of Killdeer and Black-necked Stilts around and just as I was getting ready to leave a Stilt Sandpiper flew in. This makes me very hopeful that we might get something else good in the next week or two.
There were quite a few highlights to my morning. I was in the Chickee Hut woods when I found this Yellow-rump Warbler. He obviously has lost his tail feathers and I remembered reading about a phenomenon called “Shock Molting” where a bird will shed his tail feathers if he is being chased. We have lots of Coopers Hawks around who would love a Warbler for breakfast so I was thinking that God must have blessed this little one and allowed him to escape!
After leaving the woods I saw a large group of photographers all group together which can mean only a couple of things … babies or and alligator eating something and I’m not a big fan of the latter even if it is a part of nature. It turned out they were watching a Least Bittern bring in food for some babies and I managed one very distant shot.
I don’t have many inflight shots of Least Bitterns (they are really speedsters in the air) and this isn’t award-winning or anything but I liked it.
The last cool thing today wasn’t even a bird sighting. While viewing the Bitterns a lovely lady (Sue) came up to me and asked me if I had a blog. I said I did and she said she has been following me … so I guess that’s like what it feels like to be a star … LOL. No seriously, it was nice to know that my blog is being read and hopefully is helpful to some, specially those in South Florida.
Thank you sooooo much for the visits!!