Tuesday August 11th
I had recently moved a bit further away from the beach, looking for a more affordable place to live. So I have not visited the beach as much as I used to. I've also been dipping on spotted on some of the birds you'd expect to locate. American Oystercatchers had been a nemeses bird for me these past couple of years. Just haven't seen them as often these days. Today was my FOS sighting for 2020, at Bunche Beach. Too hot to stick around long. But did have a nice variety of birds available to enjoy. Reddish Egrets, Red Knots, Semipalmated Plovers and Sandpipers etc.
Yesterday was a return visit to the Everglades Ag Area. Lots of American Avocets on the flooded cane fields as well as Long-billed Dowitchers. Also had Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks, Common Nighthawks, Black Terns, Gull-billed Terns, Stilted Sandpipers, Petrol Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Ruddy Turnstones, Black Skimmers, Fulvous Whistling Ducks, Yellowlegs, Cliff Swallows, Cave Swallows, Barn Swallows, Common Yellowthroats, a Caracara, a pair of Barn Owls and a King Rail. Lots of baby Black-necked Stilts and Common Gallinules
What was missing yesterday, were Upland Sandpipers, Wilson's Phalarope or Brown-headed Cowbirds. Had hundreds of these cowbirds two weeks ago.
|Lots of Common Gallinule chicks|
|Long-billed Dowitcher with a Stilt Sandpiper|
|Black-necked Stilt. Had many stilt chicks present|
|Common Guava growing along a canal|
|Crested Caracara at the Miami Canal|
|Sleepy Orange Butterflies|