The Migrants Are Coming

Palm Warbler ... This one is pretty close to his peak breeding plumage.

Palm Warbler … This one is pretty close to his peak breeding plumage.

Spring in most parts of the country is always high on birders favorite times of the year.  The many birds that have left the country to escape Winters icy grip are beginning the long return home and many of them will be sporting new and beautiful breeding plumages.  Obviously, due to our location, South Florida is home to some of the earliest migrants that have Wintered in Cuba and the Bahamas.  We also get trans gulf migrants coming from South America so on any outing you never know what might pop up.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird ... We see many of these beauties during migration!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird … We see many of these beauties during migration!

Some migrants fly thousands of miles while others have shorter distances to fly.  Many Black-necked Stilts can be found in Western Palm Beach County during the Winter but we have to wait till Spring before they disperse for mating and breeding to see one closer to the coast.  Just in the past week at Green Cay we’ve gone from one lone Stilt which was around for a couple of days to at least three pairs yesterday.

Black-necked Stilt ... This is a female.  The males have Black backs while the females are Brown.

Black-necked Stilt … This is a female. The males have Black backs while the females are Brown.

Migration is not just all about the Songbirds but also includes many Shorebirds.  The water level is still pretty high at Green Cay but this past week we’ve had Solitary Sandpiper, Least Sandpipers and a nice Lesser Yellowlegs all feeding on the few mud flats on the North end.

Lesser Yellowlegs ... Due to the high water this guy looks more like a Phalarope than a Yellowlegs!

Lesser Yellowlegs … Due to the high water this guy looks more like a Phalarope than a Yellowlegs!

I’ve been to Loxahatchee NWR, Spanish River and Green Cay this past week or so.  I’ve managed to continue riding the bike and doing my Bigby and was able to add a few new species including this Grasshopper Sparrow at Lox.  While they are around during the Winter the last time I was there they seemed to be an abundance of them.  They may be getting that itch to fly North to!

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Today at Spanish River I had hoped to see a few early migrants and while there was an unusually large number of Black and White Warblers and Northern Parulas around nothing unexpected as of yet.  This nice Praire Warbler did pose for me so I’ll close with his pic!

Praire Warbler ... He's getting some of his breeding color!

Praire Warbler … He’s getting some of his breeding color!

As always thank you sooooooooo much for visiting and God Bless!

 

 

 

 

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About sheriffsmith

I have worked for the Broward County Sheriff's Office the last 13 years and spend most of my free time birdwatching / naturewatching and photographing the birds and nature that I encounter. I believe God has blessed us with a world that is so absolutely fascinating and wonderful and I'm doing my best to discover and show others all that he has provided us with in nature.
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2 Responses to The Migrants Are Coming

  1. Ah, this post is just serving to stoke my excitement! Up here in Michigan we’re anxiously awaiting those birds that are passing through your area now. (I just wrote about it yesterday too, if you want to check it out on my blog.) We’re just starting to see Turkey Vultures and blackbirds, looking forward to Tree Swallows any day now.

  2. muneeb4star2013 says:

    great

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