Everyone has a nemesis bird, one that alludes you no mater how many times you seek it out. I've been looking for a Yellow-breasted Chat for a few years now. Many days have been spent searching for one at Lucky Hammock but this chunky skulker has escaped me again and again.
Imagine my surprise today when I heard a chat was spotted from the front entranceway boardwalk at my work. I rushed out and looked around. Within 10 minutes I had my bird. There it was in a Saw-toothed Palmetto, out in the open at eye level only 15 feet from the boardwalk.
Green Cay Nature Center is a special place and I am lucky to work there. Even more lucky to find such a great bird to start my 2013 off right! After the chat dipped back down in the vegetation I turned my head and there was mother Bobcat slinking from the opposite direction. She stopped and looked in our direction. Her two kittens followed her out and gave us a quick glimpse.
Two great wildlife sightings in a matter of minutes! Thanks goes to Anita Holland and Linda Fell who helped my find the Yellow-breasted Chat. Special thanks to Linda for emailing all these great photos from our time together on the boardwalk.
A LaSagra's Flycatcher has been hanging out in the Green Cay parking lot this week but it wasn't spotted this morning. I was so elated about the chat that I wasn't even disappointed in missing it. I may be the only birder in Palm Beach County that would rather catch a nemesis bird like the chat than a rare stray. Good birding everyone!