I’ve been a little bit hit and miss with my birding as of late mostly due to the excitement of Terri and my trip to Alaska. I’ve also been waiting on a new lens for my camera. My 100-400 mm lens is broke and I’ve been using a 70-300 mm which is way lighter but doesn’t give me quite the reach I need for shorebirds.
I was hoping my new Tamaron 150-600 mm lens would show up before our vacation but it doesn’t look to promising right now. Fortunately I have some very good friends (Linda and Cheryl) who are both willing to let me borrow their 100-400 mm lens for the trip. I am going to borrow Linda’s which means I will really have to work hard and find her a new bird or two for her Green Cay list!
I’ve gone birding a number of times over on Starkey Road which is just West of the turnpike on Atlantic Ave in Delray Beach. There are some very nice farm fields that are sometimes flooded and make great habitat for migrating shorebirds. Most are a little to far away but I’ve managed photograph Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers and best of all a group of Pectoral Sandpipers.
At the end of the fields there is a dirt cross-road that is good for Songbirds and an occasional Raptor. This is where I found the Prothonotary Warbler a couple of days ago and there have been a few other migrants around like Red-eyed Vireo, Black and White Warbler, American Redstarts and a few Gnatcatchers.
It is amazing the life that these fields hold and yield and it is a pitifull shame that developers are slowly but surely building/eliminating all of our local farms. Besides the above families there are also quite a few Black-necked Stilt families and Killdeer are all over the fields. The margins in between fields hold Red-winged Blackbirds, Grackles and I’m sure more.
These fields are also a great benefit to many, many of our local waders. Besides the four species in the above picture there were half a dozen Little Blue Herons, one Great Blue and 3-4 Great Egrets all feeding within viewing of the road. I’m sure there were tons more out in the fields. I hope they don’t ever build here but it seems the developers have a unsaicable appetite for this type of property.
The next couple of months should be very productive for my Bigby. I have 4 days off after we get back from Alaska and we will be right in the heart of Shorebird migration so I should be able to pick up another good group of birds then. Hopefully my new lens will show up while were gone and I’ll have a new toy to play with!
Thank you as always for following and God Bless!