The last week has seen a definite increase in migratory birds. For a variety of reasons most of the time Palm Beach County doesn’t get the large waves and numbers of birds that say Ft Desoto or Miami gets but we do have enough good birds coming through that if you’re in the right place at the right time they will put a smile on any birders face!
I was able to pick up a couple of good species for my Palm Beach County Photographic Big Year plus get some nice pictures of some other cool stuff.
I’ll start with the new additions. On Saturday afternoon, right after it had stopped raining I went out to Green Cay Wetlands. There were hardly any people there and it was wonderful to be able to stand and really listen to nature “talking” as things started to dry off and return to their normal routines.
The best bird, by far, was a some what cooperative Acadian Flycatcher. The group of small Flycatchers called Empids are very difficult to identify unless they are calling and fortunately for me this guy was chipping and feeding frantically after the rain. He did not want to pose out in the open and rarely sat still for more than a second or two so I was happy to get a few decent shots of this little guy.
Yesterday was a pretty normal day at Green Cay. I was walking around with Linda and Alan my normal morning birding buddies when Carl Edwards called to ask what we were seeing. We had seen a half-dozen species of Warblers and a nice male Baltimore Oriole and a few other migrants. He decided to stop by and we eventually ran into him in the Cypress woods. He told us he had seen a couple of Yellow Warblers at the top of the trees and he thought one of them could actually have been a Wilson’s Warbler because of how it was feeding. The birds were to high and he didn’t get great looks so everyone just started looking around for “stuff”. Now Wilson’s Warbler is not a regular migrant in Florida. It’s a bird normally seen out West so about 5 minutes after starting to look I was totally shocked when I re-found a beautiful Male Wilson’s Warbler. Talk about a rarity and one I never would have even thought about at the beginning of the year. Everyone got great looks at this little Warbler but the Bald Cypress are not very bald yet and getting a picture took so serious work and lots of luck and I did manage at least some ID shots showing his signature Black Cap and Black Tail.
Just a sample of some of my pictures from the week! Click on any picture to maximize it for your computer!
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