Today the wind had shifted a little and was not as strong as the last couple of days but I decided to go down to the Boynton Beach Inlet anyway just to see if any of the great birds that have been seen the last couple of days were still around.
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For the first hour or so all I saw were Royal Terns. There was a large school of bait fish 100 yards off the end of the Jetty so I had hope that something might see the Terns feeding and come in to investigate. The first visitor was a Leach’s Storm Petrel. Many people have posted on the web the last few days about the Pelagics they’ve been seeing and one of the post on the TAS birdboard really helped me this morning. Roberto Torres had posted a brief paragraph about the flight patterns of the Petrels and how they are very diagnostic and sure enough this one flew totally different from the Wilson’s I saw two days ago. I had one more Leach’s fly by about 10 minutes later but it was quite a bit farther out.
A couple of Brown Pelicans had noticed the Terns feeding and came into enjoy the buffet. Another really cool sighting this morning were some Tarpons feeding real close to the Jetty. These are some seriously large fish and really cool to see as they role on the surface.
Back to watching the Terns feed I noticed a slightly smaller Tern join the group and again (like with the Petrel) the flight pattern and overall GISS was different from the Terns I am use to seeing. It took me a couple of minutes to puzzle out the ID because I don’t see these guys very often but it turned (pun intended) out to be a Common Tern. I ended up seeing four species of Tern this morning … Royal, Least, Common and Sandwich!
It was a wonderful morning birding and I truly thank you for visiting!