Yesterday Cheryl and I ventured over to Hendry County looking for the reported Cassin’s Kingbirds. They were being reported on the road right outside of STA 5 hanging out with some Western Kingbirds and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. We did not manage to find a Cassin’s but did come up with the other two species.
The Stormwater Treatment Areas are open Friday-Monday for walkers and bikes so we didn’t know if we would be able to go in but we met a couple of employees near the front gate and they said that us being birders not to worry.
We rode the dikes for 4-5 hours and managed to see a total of 84 species between the entrance road and the STA itself. I know I’ve written about this before but I just wanted to again say that the STA’s are great places to bird … but not always so great for photography. They allow hunting and many of the birds are so gun-shy that they flee when any car or in our case bike approaches. I did manage a few nice pics but it sure would be nice if the birds had at least a few places to go and not have to worry about being shot at.
STA 5 is a great place but quite a distance away so I don’t visit often. I was able to add some nice birds to my Florida year list and spent some really nice time with one of my favorite birding buddies!
Thank you so much for visiting and God Bless!