I’m going to post a few of my favorite shots from this last weekend and a few from a couple of weeks ago that I somehow missed.
Two weeks ago I was given a tip on a possible Tropical Kingbird in Western Palm Beach County. I drove the hour out to the Glades Marina on Lake Okeechobee and spent a couple wonderful hours birding this fantastic area. I had 20-25 species all within a half mile stretch around a lake and eventually found the Tropical Kingbird feeding very low over an adjacent canal. It was very windy and I guess that’s why he was flycatching from lower perches.
The same week that I had the Kingbird we had a fairly good cold front come through and bring in a few really cool birds. Often a bird that is very common in one part of the country is a special treat for us in South Florida and the American Robin is one of them. Some years go by and we may not see any Robins or at most a small handful but this year we had a flock of a couple hundred at Green Cay Wetlands for a little over a week. Another great thing about seeing Robins is there is invariably Cedar Waxwings with them … another rare treat for us!!
Before moving on to this past weekends highlights I was blessed to get a nice shot of one of our resident Bobcats. This one has been named “Frank” due to his multiple colored eyes!
As I said in the last post I had a fabulous weekend (Tuesdays/Wednesday) and saw some species that I normally don’t record. I was at Loxahatchee NWR and saw close to 60 species of birds and some of the highlights include a county first Blue Grosbeak, a beautiful male American Goldfinch, the pair of Great Horned Owl babies and quite a few Indigo Buntings. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!
I’m looking forward to a few more really good weekends as Spring migration should be ramping up any day now. This will be the first Spring in a long time that I don’t travel somewhere else to bird so I am going to have to bird extra hard to try and get the 25-30 species of Warblers that I get when I go to Ohio or Texas. Because I haven’t limited myself to my own county this year I will probably spend a few days at Fort Desoto, Bill Baggs and some of the other migrant traps.
Thank you all so much for visiting!!!