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March 2010
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Birding our way back home from Palm County
Filed under: General, Birding & Outdoors, Florida & SE US, Birding "Patches"
Posted by: Ken @ 10:41 am

Boat-tailed Grackle:

Boat-tailed Grackle

The morning after our short trip up to Palm County and a delightful visit and dinner with old friends and classmates from New Jersey,  we headed home by way of Wakodahatchee Wetlands. The day before, we had visited Loxahatchee NWR and Green Cay.  We could easily have spent an entire day at each of these three birding hotspots, but we had other commitments that left only about an hour and a half to spare.

Oddly, we had not seen a Purple Gallinule at either of the sites visited the day before, so it was first on our list of target birds. We were greeted with views of several as soon as we started out on the boardwalk.

The Purple Gallinule showed off the long toes that allow it to “walk on water,” as it steps on floating vegetation:

Purple Gallinule 2-20100301

Purple Gallinule 20100301

A Tricolored Heron and a gallinule offered contrasting shades of blue and purple:

Gallinule and Tricolored Heron 20100301

The drab-plumaged Western subspecies of the Palm Warbler is a very common winter visitor. This one has developed a bright yellow chin patch that signifies the approach of the breeding season:

Western Palm Warbler in Breeding Plumage20100301

The yellow bill of the male Mottled Duck contrasts with the orange one of his mate:

Mottled Ducks 20100301

A Pied-billed Grebe casts a nice reflection on a windless morning:

Pied-billed Grebe 20100301

Nearly invisible, another of our target birds, a Sora, crept among the water plants:

Sora 3-20100301

The Sora paddled across an opening, providing me with the only clear view I could obtain:

Sora 4-20100301

In typical fashion, this Yellow-throated Warbler spent most of its time hidden, high among the palm fronds:

Yellow-throated Warbler 2-20100301

When it did come out into the open, the warbler appeared to be intent on displaying its yellow throat:

Yellow-throated Warbler 20100301

Yellow-throated Warbler 3-20100301

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