First Couple of Weeks Wrapped Up

I spent the last five or six days before heading on my North Florida adventure at Snook Island, Boynton Beach Inlet, STA 1 East, Wakodahatchee Wetlands and Green Cay.   Lots of good birding with a few pretty nice surprises.

(Click on the picture for a larger size)

Common Loon ... This guy was visable for like 10 seconds and then he dove ... never to be seen again.

Common Loon … This guy was visable for like 10 seconds and then he dove … never to be seen again.

Bonaparte's Gull ... One of the more unuasual Gulls we sometimes get at the Inlet.

Bonaparte’s Gull … One of the more unusual Gulls we sometimes get at the Inlet.

On the 8th I visited both Snook Island and Boynton Beach Inlet.  The weather was not very conducive to birding with heavy clouds and quite a bit of wind.  I did manage to pick up the above Loon and also 5 species of Gull including a Bonaparte’s Gull that landed on the North jetty.  Just like the Loon it was a very brief appearance but sufficient for a picture or two.  I managed to get much better pictures of all the species photographed that day … coming soon with my North Florida commentary.

Painted Bunting ... Green Cay on 1-9-15

Painted Bunting … Green Cay on 1-9-15

Purple Swamphen ... 1-9-15 at Green Cay Wetlands

Purple Swamphen … 1-9-15 at Green Cay Wetlands

The 9th was spent at Green Cay Wetlands trying to photograph some of the species I missed so far.  It is funny that some of the species I see like 90% of the time I’ll miss for 3-4 visits when I want to photograph them!

Northern Shoveler ... She flew in while I was waiting for the Yellow-headed Blackbird and took a bath ... Wakodahatchee Wetlands 1-10-15

Northern Shoveler … She flew in while I was waiting for the Yellow-headed Blackbird and took a bath … Wakodahatchee Wetlands 1-10-15

I visited Wakodahatchee Wetlands on the 10th seeing 52 species and enjoying a beautiful cool, sunny January day in South Florida.

Feeding Frenzy at Storm Water Treatment Area 1 East ... This is only about a thrid of the entire group but all I could fit into the lens I was using.

Feeding Frenzy at Storm Water Treatment Area 1 East … This is only about a third of the entire group but all I could fit into the lens I was using.

I took the 11th off and then took a nice 12 mile bike ride around STA 1 East on the 12th.  I had planned to head up North that day but the forecast was for terrible weather up North so I postponed it for a couple of days since I had the whole week off.

Gull-billed Tern ... STA 1 East on the 12th of January

Gull-billed Tern … STA 1 East on the 12th of January

I’m really glad I delayed as I was able to pick up a few nice species that I wouldn’t see the rest of the month including Gull-billed Tern and Stilt Sandpipers.  I saw 56 species and also got in a good bike ride!

Ring-billed Gull ... Green Cay Wetlands 1-13-15

Ring-billed Gull … Green Cay Wetlands 1-13-15

My last day before I ventured North I went to GC and Wako and while I didn’t pick up anything super exciting Cheryl had come down for the day so Linda, Richard, Cheryl and I had a wonderful 3-4 hours of birding together.  I did like the picture of the young Ring-billed Gull I managed at Green Cay.  I usually don’t like back-lit subjects but I thought this one was pretty cool.

Thank you all so much for visiting and my next few posts will be my wonderful trip to Northern Florida.  As always 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 First Couple of Weeks Wrapped Up

  1. Pat Hatch says:

    Love your pics! I’m in Palm City and wondering if you ever come up here and if so where?

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