Today I had to get my vehicle serviced before the trip next week. I dropped it off at the dealers and got on my bike to ride down to Spanish River Park. I had not gone more than a block and a half when I heard the racket of a couple of Spot-breasted Orioles. This Oriole is probably one of the toughest to get in the United States. If you look in a field guide you’ll notice that their range is limited to extreme South Florida and nowhere else. This is only the second time I’ve seen one in Palm Beach County so I feel especially blessed to just luck into one!
Such a great bird he gets two pictures!
When I finally got to Spanish River the first thing I heard was a bunch of Blue Jays yelling and screaming. This usually means an Owl is around … but today they were just mad because this Cooper’s Hawk was eating a baby Jay for breakfast. A circle of life moment.
The park was quite quiet until around 10:00 when a small wave of migrants moved in. It was mostly Blackpoll Warblers but there was also some Northern Parulas, American Redstarts, Cape Mays and many Black and White Warblers.
I was busy talking to a gentleman who walked up and asked the age-old question “What ya lookin at” … when in flew this lovely Yellow-billed Cuckoo. In the 3-4 minutes we saw it caught two Caterpillars!
Later in the day I took a stroll around Green Cay Wetlands. The water is back down a little and I saw both Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers, Semi-palmated Plover, Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs and Least Sandpipers.
At the entrance to Green Cay near the visitor center are a couple of feeders. They are used by the Buntings, Cardinals, Blackbirds and Doves. They also provide food for Rabbit’s, Squirrels and Rats … which in turn provide food for the Bobcats and the Hawks. This little guy today was away from the feeders and I watched him dig and dig and eventually come up with a grub!
Thank you so much for the visit and all the kind comments! You can view pictures of all 180 species I’ve photographed this year right here!