Sounds like the beginnings of a great novel! Sorry just another report of my birding adventures. I know if you don’t live in Florida it’s hard to imagine that we think temps in the 40’s are cold but today with the wind chill I really had to get prepared for another 40 plus mile ride.
I decided, even with the frigid temps, that I wanted to head back up to Snook Island to see if I could finally get American Oystercatcher for my Bigby and that is certainly the most reliable spot in the county that I am aware of. So I layered on the clothes, broke out my gloves and hat and this is what I ended up looking like!
You can stop laughing now … I am so happy I decided to “brave” the weather as Snook Island in Lake Worth turned out to be a gold mine today.
I did manage to pick up the Oystercatcher … actually two!
I was thrilled to get my target bird but that was just the tip of the iceberg, even though I didn’t actually see any icebergs! There were quite a few kettles of Turkey Vultures passing through heading South all morning. I was chatting with a young man and said a couple of them didn’t look quite right and sure enough not one but two very young Bald Eagles.
Now any day with an Eagle sighting is a fantastic one but I actually found an even better species. The picture isn’t the best but it shows the diagnostic features of a Cave Swallow. I don’t see many of these and they do look quite similar to Cliff Swallows but I’m pretty sure there are no Cliffs in Florida in the Winter.
I also had quite a bit of luck adding some other new birds for my Snook Island list including American Kestrel, Coopers Hawk both Common Yellowthroat and Palm Warblers and a few others that I got nice pictures of.
I did stop briefly at Boynton Beach inlet and Lake Worth Pier but there was nothing new to report and I ended up spending 80% of my time at Snook Island.
My legs are much sorer this week than last week, primarily due to the 15-20 mph “breeze” that seemed to keep switching around to which ever direction I was riding … not really but today it made the difference from riding 15-17 miles an hour with the wind or 8-9 into the wind.
Thank you as always. I know a good chunk of the country is really freezing versus our wimpy Florida freezing and I hope my pictures can maybe bring a little warmth into your life! God Bless!