Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Spring is in the air!!

Limpkin - check that tongue

Yes, Spring is in the air - at least in South Florida it is.  Limpkins are calling - trying to attract a mate; robins are gathering, waiting for the snow to disappear up north; cardinals and mockingbirds sing their familiar territorial calls.
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Large Soft-shell Turtle

We spent a day with friends birding near Boynton Beach at the Green Cay and Wakodahatchee Wetlands area sharing God's creation together.
Purple Gallinule

  The rarest find was the Yellow-headed Blackbird that was way out of range.  Must have followed the Red-winged Blackbirds south for the winter.

Spent another day at the Jetty of Ft. Pierce and that rare Red Knot in winter plumage was still hanging out with the Ruddy Turnstones.

This Royal Tern was trying to impress someone (probably not us) with his crest as high as possible.
Gulf Fritillary 

We spent some time walking the grounds of the PSL Botanical Gardens.  Some beautiful plants that volunteers are caring for.  Not everything is labeled yet so we could use some help with identification on this succulent and the orchids farther down.
Rare Mangrove Skipper

A pair of Ospreys were very busy selecting the appropriate tree and bring in the branches and Spanish mosses.

Pileated Woodpecker - outstanding crest

Yellow-throated Warbler

Cattle Egret strolling the sidewalk

We leave for the Everglades Area tomorrow.  Looking forward to the more tropical birds in the south - but hope the mosquitoes are far and few between.

God's blessing to all,
Love & Prayers,   Ida & Ty

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