I had a wonderful week of birding, with beautiful cool weather most days and I also managed to pick up one new species. I spent a couple of days at the Boynton Beach Inlet hoping for a stray Pelagic or two and a couple of days at Green Cay Wetlands. There had been a reported sighting of Goldfinches at the Chickee Hut feeders but unfortunately they never seemed to be there when I was.
On Saturday morning I was at the Inlet when Linda called saying they had a perched Short-tailed Hawk at Green Cay. Now, Short-tailed Hawks are fairly rare in Palm Beach County and this species is one that is almost never seen perching, so I was a little bit skeptical as I raced from the beach to the wetlands. I pulled into the parking lot and called Linda who said the bird was still there and sure enough a beautiful light morph Short-tailed Hawk was perched up and fortunately it was not to far away.
Amazingly, while taking photographs of the perched bird another Short-tailed did a short fly-by. It circled 3-4 times seemingly oblivious to the other birds presence before eventually disappearing. Linda told me the next day that on Dec 21st of last year we also had a Short-tailed Hawk do a fly-by at Green Cay. I told her we will have to keep an eye out next year to see if it’s a trend!
I didn’t have a ton of great photos this week but I thought this Yellow-rumps expression told it all. He really seemed grumpy as he perched in the sun trying to warm up.
Thanks so much for visiting and I hope everyone has a happy holiday season.