A couple of days ago I was checking out the local Bird Boards and noticed that Spanish River Park in Boca Raton had a few very nice migrants around. I decided I might get lucky and the birds would remain for morning and I sure was glad I made a visit. I managed to get two new County birds and a nice series of a Prothonotary Warbler.
The Black-whiskered Vireo is a bird I had only seen on the Dry Tortugas and was thrilled to find a couple at the park. This bird is very, very similar to the Red-eyed Vireo but has a pair of dark lines on its throat where the Red-eyes throat is plain. This is a really good bird for my County list.
The second bird I added was one I saw at the same park last year but never managed a photo. The Swainson’s Warbler is one of the tougher Warblers to photograph as they like to stay deep in the woods and usually on the ground. New County birds are becoming hard to come by so finding two on one day was fabulous!
The Prothonotary Warbler is one of our brightest Warblers. The Yellow on this guy when the sun shines on him is incredible. In the last couple of weeks there has been some chatter on the local Birding Boards about the Orange crowns on some of the recent arrivals. When you look in the field guides they really don’t show this feature and a Google search has similar results. Personally I think it makes him look pretty cool!!
A good find at Green Cay this past week was the now ABA countable Purple Swamphen. A couple of months a go there was a pair at GC but they disappeared so I was happy to see this guy and he was much closer than the ones from before.
I thought this was a pretty cool picture to. It shows both the male and female Least Bittern. The male is in the front and has the Black back.
The title says a tale of two parks so let me explain. Today I went to the car dealer to have the oil changed in my SUV. I took my bike and road the 5-6 miles up to Spanish River hoping to see some of the birds from three days ago. Well let me tell you I was skunked … zero, nada, zilch … not one Warbler or Vireo or Hawk or anything besides a couple of Cardinals and a few Catbirds. Now I love the beautiful Cardinal but I sure was disappointed that everyone had headed North … I guess I should be happy about the exercise!!!
Tomorrow is my B-day and like last year I am going to bird all day and see how many species I can come up with in the county! I hope a few more Warblers show up over night … but I know I’ll have a blast one way or the other! Thank you all so much for stopping by!!!