22 June 2010
Red-headed Woodpecker Success
After many reports on the bird board about a nesting Red-headed Woodpecker in nearby Corbett Wildlife Management Area I finally had cooperating weather to take the trek out to see this beautiful bird. Red-headed Woodpeckers are plentiful in the northern parts of Florida but it's pretty rare to see one in South Florida. So with my Palm Beach County Big Year in mind I drove out and within 5 minutes I saw both parents near the nest cavity. My Big Year is actually turning out to be a Little Year. I think my enthusiasm has wained and I must re-think the idea. Basically I don't stay in town long enough to bird. The good thing that has happened is I have been a little more diligent to bird ALL of the county. I am hoping that the sod fields in August prove to be plentiful of birds and that the Fall migration of warblers holds higher success than the meager Spring did for us in Palm Beach County. If you're interested in seeing these birds please follow the instructions on the Tropical Audubon bird board (link in the side bar).