03 April 2009

Green Cay update

All photos by Bill Kominsky, used with permission.

The Black-necked Stilts are back at Green Cay in full force. We have over a dozen hanging out at the wetlands and I expect nesting and babies to come. Also our Purple Martins are all settled down in the nest boxes for the season. We have new horizontal gourds this year to replace the delapidated wood houses that we had in the past. The only drawback to the new boxes is that the Parks crew placed them further away from the boardwalk. They are still near by but I miss being able to show the kids the nesting behaviors up close.

Tomorrow morning I board a short little cruise boat to Grand Bahama. Andy, Kim, and I are going to attempt a whirlwind of a birding trip. We are only there two nights so it will be quick trip but we're optimistic that the birds will show themselves AND that we manage to navigate around the island in our rental car in one peace. Expect updates next week about the trip!

Highlights from today's bird count:
24 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
13 Black-necked Stilts
1 female Ruby-throated Hummingbird
2 Prairie Warbler
4 Common Yellowthroat
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Blue-headed Vireo
40 Least Terns (FOS)
2 Brown Thrasher
47 species total in 1.5 hours

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