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