For the last couple years on my Birthday I have done a local Big Day in the County. Big Days depend on lots of things, some you can control and others are up to Mother Nature. I managed a respectable number of Species seen … 89 … but I ran out of energy towards the middle of the afternoon and put a cap on the day about 4pm. I saw most of the expected species but also know of a dozen or so I could/should have had and like all big days you can only dream of what could have been and try to make plans for the next one to be better!
Palm Beach County is a huge area and logistics play a big part on being successful. You don’t want to spend too much time in any one given area but you also hate leaving when there are still available birds … if you only look a little longer…
I covered 5 different places yesterday. Loxahatchee NWR, Daggerwing Nature Center, Green Cay Wetlands the Boynton Beach Inlet and Wellington Wetlands. Daggerwing would not have been on my normal loop but there was a report of a Scissortail Flycatcher and Western Kingbirds there the afternoon before and those two species alone would make the trip worthwhile. Unfortunately neither one showed but I did pick up a couple of species I didn’t have anywhere else during the day.
I did well on Terns yesterday seeing 4 of the 5 possible but not so hot on migrants. This time of year it’s possible to see 10-15 species of Warblers and Orioles and Tanagers but for the last week or so the winds have been pretty much from the South/Southeast and all the migrants seem to be flying right over us and up the West Coast. I did get the expected shorebirds both at GC and the beach.
Last year I think Cheryl and I saw 93 species on my B-day and then in the Fall I had a day where I saw 96 species. I know with a good front setting down Warblers and other migrants that I can top the Century mark and may try again this Spring depending on the weather fronts.