I visited J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area today in search of some June Challenge birds and was super blessed to get the rarest of the Woodpeckers that lives in Palm Beach County.
Today was full of surprises including Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Pine Warbler and Bobwhite. But, the real story is one of pure blessing. Corbett is a birding destination where you bird mostly from the car, which is fantastic in summer. I do a lot of listening when I’m driving and that was how I located the Gnatcatcher which led me to the Pine Warbler that led me to the Bobwhite. I was really intent on listening after this early trifecta and pulled over when I thought I heard a Bachman’s Sparrow. It turned out to be a group of Eastern Towhees but as I was standing there a Red-cockaded Woodpecker flew in. I really didn’t see him fly in but he was nice enough to call and alert me to his presence. This is such a great bird and I didn’t even have to work for it!
The federally endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker has been re-introduced at Corbett and is doing well. One of the reasons the Red-cockaded Woodpecker is endangered is that it nests only in old growth live pines and much of its habitat has been destroyed by logging. Red-cockaded Woodpeckers excavate a number of cavities within their territory. It may take two years or more to completely dig out one cavity and then the live pine tree “bleeds” pitch around the nest hole. This heavy flow of gum helps to keep tree-climbing snakes away from their nests and their babies safe.
I love Northern Bobwhite Quail. They have a very cool song that tells you their name and are really good-looking birds.
Early in the day there were a number of Common Nighthawks flying around. I didn’t have any come real close to me but this picture is better than the ID shot from earlier in the month.
For anyone interested in seeing pictures (all in one spot) of either the June Challenge birds or of all 191 species of birds that I’ve photographed in Palm Beach County Florida this year you can click here for the June birds or here for the year birds!
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