Marvelous Monday

I had a very nice day today getting to bird for about 4 hours this morning at Loxahatchee and again this evening for a couple of hours at Green Cay.  This morning I was up early enough to get to the boat landing at Loxahatchee to see the flyout.  I know I’ve mentioned this a number of times but I’m going to mention it again … if you’ve never experienced the flyout at Lox you really should force yourself out of bed early someday and get there just before sunup.  This morning a dozen Snail Kites, hundreds of Great Egrets and thousands of White Ibis all left their roost within minutes of each other and it really is breathtaking!

To my surprise I got to bird with both Linda, Ruth and Susan this morning. I always enjoy the extra sets of eyes and while we didn’t find anything really unusual we did have a half-dozen Warblers, Yellow-billed Cuckoos and a Summer Tanager. I also was fortunate to photograph a cooperative Red-eyed Vireo.  Ruth had mentioned that she hadn’t realized how Green their backs are so I thought this shot was appropriate.  My experience with these guys is that they are usually high in the trees and don’t sit still to long so I was happy when this guy allowed me a couple of shots!

Red-eyed Vireo … Showing off his colors!

I also ran into this Black Racer.  He was eye-balling a little lizard for his breakfast but the lizard had spied him and made a very hasty retreat.

Black Racer … A handsome looking fellow!

This afternoon I got to experience one of the many rewarding facets of birdwatching.  I met a wonderfully nice group of three young people.  The one young man is from Ohio and is doing a big year in Geauga County so that was pretty cool.  He was accompanied by a young couple, relatives I think,  from Delaware and they were definitely up and coming birders.  It is so much fun introducing people to this wonderful hobby and they all seemed to truly be enjoying themselves.

I manged a couple of shots this afternoon including another Black and White Warbler.  These guys have really been cooperative lately.

Belted Kingfisher … He’s pretending to be an Anhinga!

Black and White Warbler

Yesterday I ran into one of the local Bobcats … Which is another wonderful part of Birdwatching.  So it not JUST all about the birds!!!


Thank you so much for visiting!!!


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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10 Responses to Marvelous Monday

  1. Marcello says:

    It was very nice bumping into you Tom. I enjoy reading your postings and I like your shots a lot. You have very good taste with your subject matter. It’d be nice to serve as an extra pair of eyes for you someday and help you achieve a higher bird count. Let me know if I can help you in anyway. Marcello

  2. Deb Platt says:

    Despite going places in Ohio where bobcats live, I have never seen one. I’ve been telling myself that’s because they are nocturnal, but you’ve published a great photo of one in daylight.

    Watching the fly-out sounds awesome!

  3. waji2 says:

    really appreciating work…can i share your awesome work on my blog with your name???

    • sheriffsmith says:

      Yes you may … I don’t mind you using any of my material or pictures and I only would ask that you let me know where you have used it so I can be a show-off!!! LOL Tom

      • waji2 says:

        haha…i havn’t used it anywhere yet…but i’ll use it on my blog surely..have you ever visit it??

  4. Wesley Hatch says:

    Hey Tom,

    It was great meeting you on monday, thank you for the tips on birding Loxahatchee, we plan to watch the fly out tomorrow morning (Wednesday). I wish you luck with the rest of your Big County Photo Year!

    Wes Hatch

  5. noormissouri says:

    These pictures are amazing!

  6. Beautiful photos! When do you think the best time of day is to see the bobcats that everyone seems to see there but me? 🙂

    • sheriffsmith says:

      The Bobcat’s, when they are seen, are usually spotted first thing in the morning or right as it’s getting dark. I have seen them at other times but those are the most reliable. It really is just being in the right place at the right time!

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