Spring migration has finally come to its conclusion for us so yesterday I decided to travel a little North to see if I could find a few species that just can’t be found in Palm Beach County, or at least not very easily found. Three Lakes WMA is only about a two-hour drive North but is one of Florida’s easiest places to see some rarities like Bachman’s Sparrow and Red-cockaded Woodpecker. I ended up having a wonderful day seeing all of the species I was hoping to see and managed a few decent pictures of a few others
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I’ve never had such an easy time finding Bachman’s Sparrows. I saw a half a dozen of them and each one had food in its mouth. I’m not sure if they were feeding young or it’s part of their courtship behaviour.
The Red-cockaded Woodpecker is one of the most habitat restricted Woodpeckers we have. They are fairly rare and can only be found in the Southeastern US in mature pine forests. Florida has done a great job of helping them hold on and expand their range with monitoring and releasing new groups in areas that can sustain a population.
The Northern Bobwhite Quail is another bird I’ve had a hard time photographing. I bet I heard a dozen of these guys calling all morning and never even got a glimpse of one until just as I was leaving I found this one who seemed to be resting on this log as it allowed me to approach relatively closely before becoming alerted to me.
A few more good birds seen yesterday!
And as always I want to thank you SOOOOO much for visiting my humble little blog and I do appreciate all of your comments. Sunday I’m going on my first Pelagic in a couple of years and hope to get some cool pictures of our ocean-going friends!!