The last 2-3 weeks have seen some amazing birds at my local home patch Green Cay Wetlands. It started with a La Sagra’s Flycatcher that’s been hanging around the parking lot and last week my birding buddy Linda found a Yellow-breasted Chat. There was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the parking lot a couple of days ago and today on my way home … I was riding my bike, I stopped at a housing development just South of Green Cay and spotted one of the Neotropic Cormorants feeding with a large group of Double-crested Cormorants.
First the rarest of the species seen … the La Sagra’s Flycatcher. This is a ABA code 3 bird that is normally seen only in the Carribean. It has become a little more regular in Southern Florida the last 3-4 years with one returning a couple of years in a row to Bill Baggs State Park. This particular bird is very cooperative and has been very easy to photograph!
Up next is the Yellow-breasted Chat. This Warbler is the largest and arguably the showiest of the Wood Warblers but it is very difficult to get a look at as it is a real skulker and spends 99% of its time deep in cover.
Todays really good bird was the Neo-tropic Cormorant. Last year a birder from New York was visiting Florida and taking pictures at Wakodahatchee Wetlands. When they returned home they noticed a strange-looking Cormorant in their pictures and before you knew it not 1 but 3 Neo-tropic Cormorants were discovered breeding on the same island as dozens of Double-crested Cormorants at Wako. I’m not sure if anyone has ever seen them feeding at Wako and I often wondered where they went to feed. Well, today while riding home from Green Cay I noticed a large group of Wood Storks, Cormorants and Egrets by a lake at the beginning of a development. Normally I would have just kept riding by but for some reason I decided to take a quick look at everybody and lo and behold I see one of the Neotrops in with the DCC’s.
I’ll leave you with one last picture from today. There were a pair of American Bittern chasing each other around and I managed to catch one right before he was going to land. Thank you so much for visiting and I do have some more pics from my little mini vacation!