Green Cay Migration Day … The “Big Sit”

Yesterday, November 15th Green Cay Wetlands held their semi-annual Migration Celebration Day.  There were hundreds and hundreds of people who visited on what turned out to be an amazing sunny and comfortable November day.

Royal Tern ... One of the more unusal birds we saw.

Royal Tern … One of the more unusual/unexpected birds we saw.

Linda Fell and I did a “Big Sit” as part of the festivities.  A Big Sit is where you stay in one spot and see how many birds you can find from that set spot.  We were stationed directly behind the Visitor Center.  We only moved within a 17 foot circle and over the course of the morning we saw 46 different species of birds.

Royal Tern ... Usually when we see these guys at Green Cay they are just buzzing through and we see them going away from us.  This guy was actually fishing in the big pond behind the visitor center.

Royal Tern … Usually when we see these guys at Green Cay they are just buzzing through and we see them going away from us. This guy was actually fishing in the big pond behind the visitor center.

Linda kept track on a big sheet of paper where everyone walking by could see our growing total of species.  It was surprising to see how many people stopped and looked at the list.

Roseate Spoonbill ... This guy did a nice fly-by and then perched on a snag.  I was able to put my scope on the bird for an amazing view of this beauty.

Roseate Spoonbill … This guy did a nice fly-by and then perched on a snag. I was able to put my scope on the bird for an amazing view of this beauty.

We had a couple of spotting scopes set up so it was possible to add quite a few birds throughout other parts of the wetlands and not just the ones who flew by.

Limpkin ... One of the first birds of the morning!

Limpkin … One of the first birds of the morning!

Yellow-rump Warbler ... This was a lucky one for the list.  I knew it was a Warbler as it went by but if I didn't get lucky with this very diagnostic picture we wouldn't have know what species he was!

Yellow-rump Warbler … This was a lucky one for the list. I knew it was a Warbler as it went by but if I didn’t get lucky with this very diagnostic picture we wouldn’t have know what species he was!

I had a wonderful morning with a good friend and was able to share some of my “birding wisdom” with some of the folks who wandered by.

Thanks 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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2 Responses to Green Cay Migration Day … The “Big Sit”

  1. You got so many great in-flight shots – wonderful!! Thanks for sharing.

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