What is a bar-tailed Godwit, a bird I see in and around Nome, doing in western Florida? On their way to migration points....no.Those Nome birds winter in New Zealand.Today's bar-tailed godwit seemed to have fleas, was doing some serious preening and scratching
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Sunday, October 23, 2022
After Ian blew through, luckily sparing our camping site in Land O Lakes Florida, honeycreepers began to show up in the Keys, Miami, the Everglades, Sabine Woods in Texas, Grand Isle LA, and most recently in Jupiter and Delray Beach Florida. A friend of mine called it Honeycreeper madness.
I saw these reports and as we cruised into Tampa last weekend, I figured I'd head south right away, but the Key West honeycreepers moved north, then north again and finally I just decided to go this morning after Brunch at the local Buddhist temple. I had no more excuses, I had to go over and see one. One may never have an opportunity like this again.
It was an uneventful four hour trek to the Atlantic side of Florida. Orchard Park was full of families and then as I was putting on my camera, the only birder there put me on a glimpse of the target. It took me another hour and a half to get photos.
One could hope for gorgeous blue males in breeding plumage but I never figured on seeing honeycreepers in the USA, so I'll take green ones, immature males and females all day long.
So I got my bird, I'm drinking my lifer Grain Belt I had in the refrigerator and getting ready for a big birding trek to Asia next weekend
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Monday, October 10, 2022
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