Migration, while still in the initial stages, provided a couple of outstanding birds for the local birding crowd. I received a comment on my last post from Susan Young who had seen a Kentucky Warbler at Loxahatchee NWR and this is probably one of the hardest Warblers to find in Florida. The Kentucky feeds on bugs generally on the ground or very close to it and this makes it very difficult to find.
I went there Saturday morning and ran into a small group of birders who had not heard about this wonderful species so they were put on the lookout to. I didn’t have an exact location so I checked what I thought was the correct habitat and came up empty. I went behind the visitors center and ran into a nice feeding flock of migrants including this Cuckoo a Prothonotary, Wormeating, Parula and Black and White Warblers. When I returned to the front of the building I ran into Karen and her group that had just seen the Kentucky!!! AHHHH I was in the wrong spot.
I knew if I had any chance of finding this skulker I needed some extra eyes and what are friends for! Sunday morning “Lucky” Linda, Ruth, Brian, Alan, Rob and Carl Edwards joined me in my quest. It didn’t take to long to locate the bird but getting a good look or worse yet a picture took some work. I did finally get a good look and a reasonable picture and I can’t thank all those enough that help me add this guy to my year’s list and specially Susan for alerting me to it’s presence in the first place! Thank you all!!!
I have to thank Linda twice because on Saturday when I was at Loxahatchee she was helping with the annual Fall Migration Bird Count at Green Cay. We had been talking back and forth about what we were seeing when she told me that they had seen a Yellow-throated Vireo at the water treatment plant across from Green Cay. It had been raining off and on all morning so on my way home I decided to at least take a quick look feeling that with the rain the bird may have stuck around. Within ten minutes of getting out of my car I had the bird right where she had told me it would be. He even posed for me!!
I did have many cool birds off and on all weekend. I saw my first Merlin at Green Cay and this nice adult Coopers Hawk on Friday at Seacrest Scrub Ridge in Boynton Beach.
When I’m out searching for new birds I get to witness so much cool nature like this Squirrel and these Turtles. Between Snakes and Lizzards, Insects and Butterflies, Birds and Mammals there is always something neat to see!
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