|A flooded field off cr-880|
Wednesday, August 3rd
This is the time of year that concentrations of migrating shorebirds show up in the sod fields and flooded crop fields in Palm Beach County. This is an area known as the Everglades Agricultural Area. So with reports coming in that the birds are already present I choose to make the 350 mile round trip on Wednesday. My targets for the day included Upland Sandpipers, Wilson's Phalaropes and Barn Owls.
|Common Nighthawks are easily located on the wires|
This link is to photos taken the same day by Trey Mitchell and posted on the TAS message board
The wires along the road offered dozens of sleeping Common Nighthawks plus lots of Barn Swallows, Bank Swallows, Northern Rough-winged Swallows and a lone Purple Martin. A flock of some forty birds I had inticially thought to be starling turned out to Brown-headed Cowbirds. Checked them for any shiny or bronzed cowbirds, but only noticed BHCs.
|A stretch of Brown Farm Road|