Happy Holidays

Great Blue Heron ... It was chilly this week and you could see it in many of the birds faces and posture!

Great Blue Heron … It was chilly this week and you could see it in many of the birds faces and posture!

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.

Short-tailed Hawk ... This was the 230th species I have photographed in Palm Beach County Florida this year!!!

Short-tailed Hawk … This was the 230th species I have photographed in Palm Beach County Florida this year!!!

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.

Short-tailed Hawk ... A different individual than the one perched up!!

Short-tailed Hawk … A different individual than the one perched up!!

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! 

Yellow-rumped Warbler ... The early morning sun must have felt really good as he didn't move for a couple of minutes!

Yellow-rumped Warbler … The early morning sun must have felt really good as he didn’t move for a couple of minutes!

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.

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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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4 Responses to Happy Holidays

  1. Sheriffsmith,
    I enjoyed your photos again today. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
    Betsy Borchardt

  2. Clare Malbone says:

    Merry Christmas! It was great birding with you earlier this year, & we’ve really enjoyed reading your blog & seeing your awesome photos since then. Have a wonderful Christmas & New Year.

  3. Susan young says:

    Just thrilled that you got a short-tailed hawk……..great photos!

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