09 May 2010

NAMC Green Cay

Green Cay is lush green in bloom right now. The days are getting longer, the temperatures are rising, and most of our winter birds are heading north. This weekend was the North American Migration Count and we had a productive morning. At Green Cay and across the street at the Water Utilities pond we counted 50 species with 569 individuals present.

The feeders were full of Painted Buntings just a month ago but now they are being swamped with Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and White-winged Doves.

The NAMC was most dominated by the year around residents such as Anhingas, Mottled Ducks, Green Herons, and Common Moorhens. We had a record high of 32 Black-necked Stilts, most of them already sitting on eggs.

We saw quite a few alligators on our count as well. They seem to be prime and ready for the new crop of baby moorhens and mottled ducks that they will be consuming soon.

The best birds of the day were a late-for-the-year Sora, a lone Roseate Spoonbill, and a Northern Waterthrush. All in all, not many migrants at the wetlands but plenty of diversity on a hot, near-summer day.

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