I had a lovely weekend visiting Snook Island yesterday and Green Cay Wetlands this morning.
I arrived at Snook Island just before the tide started going down and was happy to see a couple of Black Skimmers on the South side of the bridge. The high tide had a nice adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron and a Spotted Sandpiper up on the rocks closest to the boardwalk.
As the tide went out and more and more of the sand bar became exposed and good numbers of birds started showing up. In the next hour or so there were 45 Black-bellied Plovers, 12 Willets, a handful of Ruddy Turnstones, Least Sandpipers and Semi-palmated Plovers, a Short-billed Dowitcher and 3 Tern Species including this nice Forster’s Tern.
This morning I arrived at Green Cay about quarter to seven and was surprised by the number of Warblers in the parking lot. There were literally dozens and dozens of Pine and Palm Warblers with the Pines making up 80% of the total. I also had a very cooperative Great-crested Flycatcher at the East end of the parking lot.
As Linda, Connie and I made our way towards the entrance we saw the Momma Bobcat and two of her young ones … not a bad way to start a trip around the board-walk!
I ended the day with just short of 50 species … not bad for a couple of hours of birding. One of the last species we saw was this beautiful American Kestrel. He was perched up fairly close to the boardwalk and was occasionally flying out to catch a dragonfly … fortunately we have a seemingly endless supply of dragonflies!!
As always … thank you so much for stopping by and God Bless!