I lay in bed this morning trying to figure out where to bird today. My two furry bed-mates assured I was up very early acting like they hadn’t eaten in like a week. I remembered reading that this was the last birdwalk for the season at Loxahatchee NWR and I thought the extra eyes might help me find something good … and boy did they!
I don’t stay with the group the entire time because I use my bike to get around and scout. This works great for both the group and me as I can cover a lot of ground and let them know if they should head in any one direction to see a good bird and then when I meet back up they let me know what they’ve seen.
The C6 impoundment was very birdie this morning with many shorebirds including five Semi-palmated Sandpipers, Dowitchers, many Solitary Sandpipers (not being very solitary) and this nice female Snail Kite.
I had a great day again today. On top of the perfect weather I added a half-dozen new species to my Loxahatchee List and two new year birds.
I rode my bike a couple of miles down the levee to see if I could get a Sparrow or two. At about 2.2 miles South on the levee there is a cross levy that runs parallel to the main one. I walked about a mile down the cross levy and ran into a feeding flock of Blackpoll Warblers and Indigo Buntings. On my way out I was blessed with this Rose-breast Grosbeak … one of my favorite birds!
One of the new bird species that I added to my Loxahatchee list was this very cooperative Yellow-crowned Night Heron. I have to do some research on these guys to see if he is migrating or are they possibly expanding their range.
I left the dike and was looking for the group to show them the Grosbeak picture. I rode up on the group by the visitor center and immediately notice that they all had their binoculars pointed at a fruiting fig tree. Everyone was looking up 20-30 feet in the canopy so I assumed that it was probably some Warblers … Wow, wasn’t I surprised when they said they had some kind of Thrush. I’m used to seeing Thrushes on the ground foraging, not up in the middle of a tree! It turned out to be a Swainson’s Thrush and I couldn’t thank the group enough for helping me add another bird to my year list!!!
Thank you sooooooo much for visiting!