I will get to the unexpected big day eventually but today I woke up quite early and since we had a full moon I decided to go to Green Cay and see if I could get a shot of the moon and maybe a sunrise picture too.
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The Sunrise was just OK … but to make up for that there were tons of birds flying around and an Alligator growling and best of all at that time of the morning … not to many walkers!
After taking these pictures I returned to the car to get rid of some gear and Linda and Dr. Alan arrived just as I was getting ready to go back in. There was a little Warbler activity in the parking lot but nothing compared to the feeding flock we were to run into once we got back by the Chickee Hut woods.
The first really cool thing we saw though wasn’t even a bird … it was this tiny little Tree Frog. I haven’t look to see what kind he is but he was tiny and I thought very cute!
We were seeing all the normal stuff when we bumped into Dean who alerted us that a Prothonotary Warbler was in the woods. When we were halfway through the woods we ran into a feeding flock that included The above Prothonotary, American Redstart, Praire Warbler, Yellow-throated and best of all a Yellow Warbler. With this group was also a Red-eyed Vireo that along with the Yellow Warbler added two new species for the year.
Yellow Warbler is a bird that before yesterday I had never seen in Palm Beach County. Yesterday in the Agricultural fields I saw a very young Yellow and was quite happy even though he wasn’t very Yellow. Today this gorgeous adult male made me ecstatic!!! I over-exposed him a little but hey I’ll take it because it’s a new bird for the County and the year and Green Cay!
Red-eyed Vireo is a bird I expected to see sometime in migration and Linda had said they had one at GC yesterday so I was thrilled when this guy put in a brief but photographicable appearance. What an amazing day and to get to share it with a couple of great friends … priceless!
A group of birders from the Tropical Audubon Society came up to Palm Beach County for a shorebird trip today. They met around STA 3/4 and had two great birds first thing this morning. They had a Black-billed Cuckoo and a Yellow-breasted Chat. It’s a little to far to drive to tomorrow, being I have to work, but Carl Edwards had told me earlier this year that Loxahatchee NWR also sometimes has Chats and I’ve seen Yellow-billed Cuckoos there many times so tomorrow I think I check out Loxahatchee. I haven’t been there recently so it should be fun!
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