Weekend Highlights

Belted Kingfisher ... These guys/gals are everywhere but oh so hard to get close to!

Belted Kingfisher … These guys/gals are everywhere but oh so hard to get close to!

I had a lovely weekend visiting Snook Island yesterday and Green Cay Wetlands this morning.

Black Skimmers

Black Skimmers

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.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Spotted sandpiper ... Snook island is probably the most reliable spot I know of for this species,

Spotted Sandpiper … Snook island is probably the most reliable spot I know of for this species.

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.

Forster's Tern ... A new species for me at Snook Island!

Forster’s Tern … A new species for me at Snook Island!

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.

Great-crested Flycatcher

Great-crested Flycatcher

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!

The mother Bobcat!

The mother Bobcat!

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!!

American Kestrel with breakfast.

American Kestrel with breakfast.

As always … thank you so much for stopping by 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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One Response to Weekend Highlights

  1. westerner54 says:

    What great shots! So many birds I’ve never seen – thanks.

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