The birding has really picked up as migration has picked up.  I hate to miss any time in the field as new birds are arriving from the North every minute.  Unfortunately most are ones I already have for the year but I did pick up one new bird this week

Eastern Wood-Pewee … This is the 212th species of birds that I’ve photographed in Palm Beach County Florida this year.

I found this Eastern Wood-Pewee at Loxahatchee NWR.  There were not many migrants around but I did see a bunch of Eastern Kingbirds and this Pewee.

Eastern Kingbird

Like I said there were lots of Eastern Kingbirds around also.  This one posed nicely against the blue sky.

Water Moccasin

I like Loxahatchee because you never know what you’ll see there.  I had two young White-tail Deer and to my surprise it was two young Bucks with little 4 point racks.  While I got pictures they were really far away.  On my way back in I did run across this wonderful Water Moccasin … snakes are so cool!

Summer Tanager

I went to Spanish River Park in Boca Raton once this week and while there were only a few migrants I did manage to capture this Summer Tanager.

Willet … It’s hard to miss with good light and a bird that’s 10 feet away!!

One cool thing about Spanish River is you have these great woods for migrants but you also have access to the beach.  I had seen my first Willet about a month ago but didn’t manage that great of a shot.  This guy was frightened up the beach by some joggers and posed nicely for me.


Green Cay Wetlands … my home away from home has had over a dozen species of Warblers this fall and while I missed a Blackburnian I’ve managed to see all the others.  While standing next to a fruiting Strangler Fig tree this Ovenbird responded to my pishing.  He seemed quite interested in my imitation of a Screech Owl!!

I start my weekend in about 15 minutes … getting off work … and hope to add at least a couple of new migrants while I’m off.  The weather has been cooperative and while Palm Beach County has not seen the variety of say Ft. Desoto or Miami I still think I have a good chance to see a few more.

Thanks for looking and I really am going to make an effort to post a little more!


About sheriffsmith

I have worked for the Broward County Sheriff's Office the last 13 years and spend most of my free time birdwatching / naturewatching and photographing the birds and nature that I encounter. I believe God has blessed us with a world that is so absolutely fascinating and wonderful and I'm doing my best to discover and show others all that he has provided us with in nature.
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3 Responses to Hodge-Podge

  1. newbiebird says:

    I like the ovenbird.
    Have you considered writing a book about your PBC big year?

  2. Susan Young says:

    Glad to see you are keeping up the good work! I notice you don’t have a Kentucky Warbler yet….So I wanted to let you know that I just saw one today at Loxahatchee, in the woods near the visitor center. A “lifer” for me!


  3. So nice to meet you at Loxahatchee NWR Saturday.. I have been reading and enjoying your blog since. I hope you were able to pick up that Kentucky!

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