24 June 2011

South Florida Sightings

The water levels at Green Cay are on the rise with more reclaimed water pumped in this week.  I must admit I was a bit disappointed about how quickly they released the water in but it was a nice change for part of the wetland cell to be deeper.  The lower levels have created some interesting feeding opportunities including a flock of 20 Roseate Spoonbills over the weekend.  This week just a few were seen each day but sometimes they were quite close to the boardwalk.

On Tuesday I did a bird count with Andy and we had 39 species within one mile.  The highlights were a juvenile Snail Kite, 2 newly fledged Brown Thrashers, 2 spoonbills, and 3 American Coot that must be over-summering with us.  We had all the waders but dipped on Least Bittern (though it was seen later in the day).  So far, Green Cay has proved to be pretty productive this summer.

Tuesday afternoon also proved to be giving.  I went swimming with Emily at Delray Beach and we were luckily provided with my FOS Gull-billed Tern.  The beach also had a nice pair of Yellow-crowned Night Herons playing in the runnel. 

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